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Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War
by Maury Klein
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679447474, Hardcover)Maury Klein's knack for words shows up on the first page of this book: "How could the oldest, deadliest, most divisive conflict of a proud nation come down, after decades of bitter strife, to a dispute over an insignificant fort squatting on a hunk of rock in the harbor of the South's oldest and most defiant city?" Klein, a history professor at the University of Rhode Island, goes on to answer this question in lively prose. The Fort Sumter saga, of course, has been told well by others, but Klein makes the tale worth reading again.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:03 -0400)
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