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Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War

by Maury Klein

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When I was an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island, professor Klein assigned his own book for his Civil War class.... thus I was already turned off while going into the reading. However, the story was incredibly interesting and I loved the way he presented it. The academic historian in me was reluctant at first, for take heed: this is a popular history book. The whole thing read as an exciting novel that I could just not put down. Truth be told, I was entertained... and I loved it. ( )
  Anniesotm | Feb 19, 2011 |
This 1997 book tells th story of the events from November 1860 to Apr 15, 1861, in vivid detail, and I found it simply great reading, even though I suppose I have been over that period in my reading often. The only bad thing about the book is that it ends with the fall of Fort Sumter--not a fun thing to read about. But the book is well-researched and has an excellent bibliography, ( )
  Schmerguls | Aug 8, 2008 |
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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.

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Provides historical information about the social, cultural, and political currents of mid-nineteenth-century in the United States.

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