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War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era) [Hardcover]

James M. McPherson
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Editorial Reviews


"As definitive as it is economical, [War on the Waters] establishes beyond question the decisive contributions of maritime power to Union victory."--Publishers Weekly starred review

"Well-researched. . . . This important addition to scholarship on the naval aspects of the Civil War is recommended for academic audiences. With maps of several key battle sites clearly depicting ship and fort locations."--Library Journal

"McPherson's accounts of set-piece battles--Farragut's assault on Mobile Bay, the duel between the Monitor and the Merrimack--are vivid. Much of this briny story is provided through the words of the participants, and the maps are excellent throughout."--Wall Street Journal Gift Guide 2012

"A sound collection-development investment."--Booklist

"McPherson displays his massive knowledge of the Civil War. . . . A solid contribution to Civil War scholarship."--Kirkus Reviews

"[McPherson] uses impeccable scholarship in the service of narratives that have appeal for the general reader."--Howell Raines, Washington Post

"Readers of Battle Cry of Freedom well may wish to add this sequel to their bookshelf."--The Washington Times

"[James McPherson is] the dean of Civil War historians."--Publishers Weekly

"A tremendous addition to Civil War literature, and McPherson has demonstrated his mastery of a new subject."--Sea History

"Anyone wishing to acquire an immediate grasp on the main narrative points of the Civil War at sea, while enjoying a masterful summation of past and current historical thinking, should read this book."--Daybook

"A welcome addition to the literature. Those new to this aspect of the Civil War will benefit from McPherson's masterful synthesis, while specialists will find his insights equally intriguing."--The Historian

"A superb exploration of the role of the navy on both sides."--Sun News Miami

"McPherson's gift is to place this naval scholarship in the larger context of the war. . . . He follows a chronological narrative which enables him to show the ebb and flow of success and failure that characterized the fortunes of both the Union and Confe

"Maritime history at its best."--Journal of Southern History

"In yet another elegant turn, historian James M. McPherson demonstrates his research and writing skills in this concise review of naval operations during the American Civil War. This volume comes as proof positive that McPherson is entitled to all the pri

"[A] well-researched, dramatic story. . . . An exciting introductory read."--North Carolina Historical Review

"Well-written. . . . A nice summary of the role that both navies played in the Civil War."--Arkansas Historical Quarterly

"An outstanding survey by someone who brings to bear a grand knowledge of the complex social/political/military tapestry against which this tale unfolds. . . . An effective, eminently readable introduction to the subject, with good maps to boot."--Unit

"The book is, quite simply, a superb synthesis. . . . [It is] eloquently written in a spare, direct style with clear and moving descriptions that bring both individuals and events to life."--International Journal of Maritime History

"McPherson writes extremely well and is able to interweave political and diplomatic events into his tale. . . . An excellent one volume overview of the naval side of the Civil War, particularly valuable to those unfamiliar with this aspect of the conflict

"A comprehensive and compelling portrait of an oft-overlooked aspect."--Tennessee Libraries

"McPherson has written a popular history that is both approachable and fairly thorough."--Library Journal

"Both the general reader and the experienced historian can equally enjoy. . . . This one should definitely be on your reading list."--Speedreaders.info

"Recommended. General/public/undergraduate collections."--Choice

"McPherson's erudite prose and intimate knowledge of his subject makes War on the Waters an invaluable reference for Civil War scholars and laymen alike."--Charleson Post and Courier

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"Wonderfully written and researched. . . . Balanced, objective, and highly readable."--Howard Jones, University of Alabama

About the Author

James M. McPherson taught U.S. history at Princeton University for forty-two years and is author of more than a dozen books on the era of the Civil War. His books have won a Pulitzer Prize and two Lincoln Prizes.
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