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This Hallowed Ground: A History of the Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library) Paperback – January 3, 2012
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“A classic work. . . . The best single-volume treatment of the Civil War. . . . A book to own and remember.”
“This book is to Civil War history what War and Peace is to fiction. . . . An outstanding reading experience.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Fresh and distinctive. . . . Reading it is sheer joy.”
—The New York Times
“Bruce Catton is doing the same job on the Civil War that Carl Sandburg did for Lincoln. . . . A magnificent account which reads like a modern Iliad.”
—The Miami Herald
“Catton writes as though he owned the War. It could not be in better hands.”
—The Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
“Racing, exciting narrative. . . . A great book that reflects the full measure of Catton’s rare combination of talent as a writer and historian.”
—The Kansas City Star
“The story of the Union in arms comes to life as in no other book on the war as a whole. . . . It is a as a narrative that this book achieves its distinction. From the opening chapter on to the final wonderful picture this story marches along, powerfully, breathlessly but with assurance. . . . A moving and exciting book.”
—Henry Steele Commager, New York Herald Tribune
About the Author
Bruce Catton was born in Petoskey, Michigan, in 1899. A United States journalist and writer, Catton was one of America’s most popular Civil War historians. He worked as a newspaperman in Boston, Cleveland, and Washington, and also held a position at the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1948. Catton’s best-selling book, A Stillness at Appomattox, earned him a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1954. Before his death in 1978, Catton wrote a total of ten books detailing the Civil War.
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When you're ready for more detail, Catton wrote other books, including a trilogy about the Army of the Potomac, a trilogy about the entire Civil War, and a masterful trilogy about Ulysses S. Grant (he assisted Lloyd Lewis with the first volumen, then wrote the remaining two volumes himself - I believe Mr. Lewis may have died shortly after the first volume was finished?) All of his writing rises to the same level of quality.
Bruce Catton gives us in this book the Union side of the Civil War, and makes the reader deeply reverent for all (on both sides) who fought and lost their lives in this great war of the American People. No way to run from the impact of the campaigns, and the maturing of the American mind set from Kansas to Appomattox. Grateful for having this book in my archive. In a few years I'll read it again, enjoying and learning more each time through.