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Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection (2013)

by Smithsonian Institution

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Over five hundred objects from thirteen Smithsonian museums and archives are expertly written about by forty-nine contributing authors to describe the American Civil War from beginning to end. Photos of the objects, beautifully and logically exhibited throughout the 368-page book, provide a focus for 150 narratives by the authors. Narratives are limited to one page or less and serve as enhancements for the photos to really tell the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend time with each narrative and carefully study the associated objects. So, for me at least, this book is not a “page turner.” I wanted to take my time to study and learn. The book is perfect for such an experience. More than once I used the index to look up a person, place, or thing to go back and review a topic or the depicted object.

Readers should be aware that this is a large book. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 1.2 x 11.3 inches, and it weighs over four pounds. I needed to be able to rest the book in a way that would not harm the pages, especially as I turned them, yet enabled me to comfortably read over an extended period.

This is a five star book in every way. ( )
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Showcases over five hundred hand-picked representative artifacts from the Smithsonian's Civil War collections and is complemented by a panoramic narrative chronicling the prewar period through the Reconstruction.

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