- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Easton Press; Collector's ed edition (2002)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006S074U
- Average Customer Review: 713 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,827,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battle cry of freedom: The Civil War era Collector's ed Edition
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Published in 1988 to universal acclaim, this single-volume treatment of the Civil War quickly became recognized as the new standard in its field. James M. McPherson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for this book, impressively combines a brisk writing style with an admirable thoroughness. He covers the military aspects of the war in all of the necessary detail, and also provides a helpful framework describing the complex economic, political, and social forces behind the conflict. Perhaps more than any other book, this one belongs on the bookshelf of every Civil War buff. --This text refers to the Digital edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Likely to become the standard one-volume history of our Civil War, this vivifies, with palpable immediacy, scholarly acumen and interpretive skill, events foreshadowing the conflict, the war itself and its basic issue: slavery. Photos.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Digital edition.
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The "Battle Cry of Freedom" is high quality plus easy reading. He writes of the culture, the politics, the battle strategy and tactics, the economics, and the personalities of the major characters. I can imagine this book capable of usage as a college level text book, and readable enough to make a best seller list.
This is a long book, allow yourself the time to read and enjoy.
Anecdotal portions are well timed to keep the.narrative from slowing down. Persons and events with which I have only vague awareness prior to reading McPherson's book were enlivened. Competing interests and worldviews in the U.S at present have added contrasts having the background that this book provides.
Battles are covered (some in detail), but the emphasis in this book is the cultural, moral, political, and economic factors that determinded the outcome of the war.
It starts with the 1840's, and looks at the Mexican War and the overall mood of the country. For example, the origin of the Republican Party, which opposed the spread of slavery to the new territories and was basically abolitionist in intent, sprang mainly from the defunct Whig Party, considered the rich man's, or business interest's party. I found that particularly fascinating in light of the similarities to the party of today.
The book covers the entire Civil War, including civil unrest in the North and the South, Jefferson Davis' and Abraham Lincoln's
quite different ways of governing, the nearly identical Confederate Constitution, the similar way Confederate and Union Congresses reacted to crises, etc.
The book is very long, but reads faster than most novels, though it is thoroughly documented with footnotes. Every one of its 800 or so pages is gripping.
This is a wonderful book if you want to understand that era - and