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The New York Times The Complete Civil War 1861-1865 Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; Har/Dvdr edition (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128456
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harold Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He has published over thirty books, including "The New York Times" Complete Civil War (Black Dog and Leventhal), and is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Lincoln Prize and the National Humanities Medal. He lectures widely, appears on television frequently, and has written for the New York Times, American Heritage, and America’s Civil War. Most recently he served as co-chair of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and is senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Find him online at www.haroldholzer.com.



Craig Symonds is a distinguished historian of the American Civil War and a retired professor and chairman of the history department at the United States Naval Academy.  He is the author of 11 books including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History, which won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize in 2006, and Lincoln and His Admirals, which won the 2009 Lincoln Prize.  He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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I would recommend this to all civil war buffs!
Charlene Burke
I bought this book as a gift for someone who is very interested in the history of the civil war.
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This is a large coffee table size book with numerous illustrations.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on October 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful Coffee Table sized book containing most of the writing in the New York Times from when it was actually written! Not dummied down in the least... The picture here looks drab but the book is anything but!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Very interesting work. The premise of this volume is simple: Publish newspaper articles from "The New York Times" depicting the progress of the Civil War from 1861-1865. The book contains about 600 newspaper articles; there is also a CD that has many thousands of additional articles. The volume also includes items from the 1850s that set the context for the Civil War (such as stories about slavery) as well as the years after the Civil War (covering Reconstruction). For those interested in primary sources, this will be fascinating reading.

On the other hand, if you want to know details of battles and campaigns, one will not be so satisfied--but that is not what this book is about. The coverage of the fighting at Forts Henry and Donelson, for instance, is rather brief and sketchy. On the other hand, the reader gets a sense of the sometimes confusing and contradictory stories from the front that Americans were reading in this newspaper.

The CD helps supplement the book. At one point, a Times story refers to the Union victory at Pea Ridge. There is no reference in the book to that strange battle, but there are a series of newspaper articles from March 12-March 23, 1862 that provide many details of the engagement.

It is interesting to get the Times' take on the status and conduct of the war, its judgment of generals, politicians, and the issues of the day. The reader develops a greater sensitivity to the context in which the war took place. It is also interesting to observe that reporters did not write stories objectively, but would often express their own views on matters.

All in all, a valuable historical resource.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Savard on February 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thought this was a "must have" for anyone interested in the Civil War or American History in general and boy was i right! You know how you like to go to your favorite breakfast diner and take your time with the newspaper, catching up?....it's like that but better. Yeah, that's how it feels; like you're back then and your're catching up on the doings at the fronts----Eastern, Western, Political---it's all there and at 23.00 it's a steal. I usually don't spend my extremely valuable time (i'm retired) writing feedback so you can take that into consideration, too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dwight J. Zimmerman on December 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What I found most exciting about this book was the fact that it took the day-to-day articles about the war. What is forgotten after all these years is the living history aspect of the war. I am a big admirerer of the editors Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds, but I wanted to know who was in the trenches doing the research work. I was not familiar with the name Dwight Jon Zimmerman, but that the editors gave him great praise for putting things together, I decided to check him out. Turns out he's done a bunch of respected books, the most recent one about Medal of Honor recipients. So, while giving kudos to Harold and Craig, I want to say "Thank you" to Mr. Zimmerman--he did a great job assembling the articles. It must have been a huge task and I'm in awe of what he accomplished. It's evident by the praise Harold and Craig gave him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The New York Times is one of America's oldest daily newspapers, being a staple in many homes and offices for over 150 years. During the Civil War the Times was not to premiere newspaper but it was an important one. Occupying the political center between the Democratic supporting Herald and the liberal Republican Tribune, the Times tried to maintain a generally pro-administration position. At the same time, the paper was careful not to be to supportive and to ask questions that may not have easy answers.
The editors have chosen the most important articles for the book. This is a large coffee table size book with numerous illustrations. The book can be a sit and read or a pickup and browse item. It will make a great gift for anyone interested in history or a fan of the Times. A detailed Chronology of each year is included as is an index.
The biggest value might be the DVD-ROM with "every single article" the Times published during this time. Presented as a searchable or readable unit, it allows you to see what is reported as events occurred. The paper's date gives us an idea of how long it took to reach print. I have spent more time with this item than with reading the book. Take an hour, read about the Battle of Gettysburg and the draft riot in the city. This is what the people knew about these events at the time. In addition, you will see the amount of bad information the public had during the war.
In addition to war coverage, you will be able to "see" New York City in the 1860s. This very well done handsome book will provide hours of enjoyment and information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neil S Berman on February 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A well writen first class source for the pulse of the country during one of its most trying times. The NY Times as been the paper of record forever. Or just an easy read fun educational book for someone trying to get a feel for the time period. I've read every major book on the subject and it belongs in every collection of the Civil War or follower of Politics today.
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