A New Look at the Past
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The Civil War is shrouded in legend and mythology—but this entry in The Real History series provides a clear, fresh view of the conflict for readers who want an intellectual, but still lively, presentation of this inexhaustibly fascinating subject.
Covering everything from the roots of the conflict to Reconstruction, author Alan Axelrod addresses a range of less-discussed subjects such as the efforts made to avert war, the largely overlooked fragmentation of popular opinion in both the North and the South, and the institutional problems that afflicted the Union and Confederate Armies. He also explores the turning points of the war, and closely examines whether or not slavery really was the major cause of the conflict. And throughout, he underscores the brutality of a war that, in his words, was “bigger, more destructive, more heartbreaking, more confusing, more idealistic, and more cravenly base than anything else that Americans have confronted before or since.”
Featuring a wealth of visual material—including diary excerpts, letters, informative sidebars, contemporary photography, artworks, and maps—The Real History of the Civil War is an absorbing look at America’s defining conflict.
Hardcover Book : 472 pages
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. ( September 04, 2012 )
Item #: 13-582318
Product Dimensions: 6.75 x 8.75 inches
Product Weight: 50.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)