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This review is from: Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (Paperback)
Many writers of history, even those who win Pulitizer Prizes, often provide a Niagara of details-- but give little, or often almost no explanation of how each new detail is connected to details in previous pages, or previous years. Midway in their books the reader has learned countless new details or small facts, but is struggling to connect the small moments and facts in history with other moments or facts so that the book makes sense to the reader(s)
President Lincoln's famous words, spoken on the steps of the Capitol Building, "And the war came" are without meaning without knowing the connections of those words with other facts which were the Prologue to the Civil War.
Allen C. Guelzo's splendid book, A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction is one of the best books I have read in a lifetime of reading because it provides facts and details and connects them with other moments in history and the new facts that were a part of those "other moments."