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Civil War (original 1960; edition 1986)

by Bruce Catton

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Title:Civil War
Authors:Bruce Catton
Info:Random House Value Publishing (1986), Edition: Fairfax 1980 ed, Hardcover, 341 pages
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The American Heritage History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton (1960)

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Bruce Catton is a defnintive and prolific authority on the Civil War. This particular volume is shorter than most, but still gives an excellent overview. This book contains an extensive collection of photgraphs. ( )
  Borg-mx5 | Feb 19, 2010 |
An excellent one volume source for the events, reasons, and outcome of a crucial piece of American History. ( )
  cutiger80 | Oct 17, 2008 |
Written in 1960, Bruce Cattons [i]The Civil War[/i] is somewhat dated by now, but I picked it up from a used book store on the cheap. Noting its age is not to say it wasn't a good read, but for those who've read a reasonable amount of books on the civil war will attest to some problems with the text - Catton uses antiquated terms for African-American troops for example, referring to them as negros and generally conducting his analysis without the benefit of writing after the Civil Rights era.

Overall though this is a brief, but nice account of the war with some small but nice chapters that take themselves out of the narrative to talk about the tactics, weapons, and the two governments in Washington and Richmond. Otherwise its a standard, brief, account of the war lacking in many of the details one might find in say - McPhersons [i]The Battlecry of Freedom[/i]. What I found most likeable about the book was Catton's writing skills, he's a great writer but his skills, coming from the early to mid-twentieth century may turn off some nowadays. Still I did like it.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0828103054, Paperback)

This book is a fast-moving, dramatic narrative. Catton, a leading historian of the Civil War, vividly describes the armies involved and battles fought. His account of battles is carefully interwoven with the political activities of the Union and Confederate armies and diplomatic efforts overseas.

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Narrative portion of the work first published in 1960 under title: The American heritage picture history of the Civil War.

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