From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
''Long, brilliant, and stylish . . . [Reconstruction] is of signal importance . . . the most comprehensive and convincing account of the effort to build a racially democratic and just society from the fiery ruins of slavery.'' -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
''A heroic synthesis that should dominate the field . . . It gives nearly equal time to all the protagonists in the Reconstruction drama and recognizes how inextricably economic, political, social, and ideological issues are bound.'' --Washington Post Book World
''This is history written on a grand scale, a masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history.'' --New Republic