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Don't Know Much About the Civil War: Everything You Need to Know About…

by Kenneth C. Davis

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I read this book in conjunction with several other books in order to gain an in-depth knowledge of the Civil War through several authors’ perspectives. I like that this book contained so many primary sources so that I could understand what people were thinking and feeling. Davis sometimes includes light-hearted and humorous stories, which makes this book even more interesting and fun.

In addition, I like the timelines and the fact that they include events, which were occurring outside of the Civil War, such as Indian battles in Colorado, or books being written by famous authors. Most of what is written about this time period focuses primarily on the Civil War, and I have often wondered what else was occurring during this period. One example would be the westward migration of settlers. I also like the appendices in the back of the book, which compared the economies of the North and South. It really helped me to understand what each side was working with in terms of number of states, population, economy, factories, railroads, etc.

One of my favorite parts of the book, however, was the 'Whatever Became Of?' section near the end. It names many of the primary players in the Civil War, and tells what they went on to do after the war. It was interesting seeing so many connections between these people and the roles they played in our country's history. Finally, I appreciated the fact that this book was written in small increments. You can pick up the book, read a few pages, set it down, and come back to it later. This is great for when you are busy. ( )
  gcamp | Jan 10, 2012 |
It was interesting but there was SO much information I felt like I had to study it not just read it through once. ( )
  KamGeb | Sep 18, 2010 |
Superficial survey of the Civil War, but entertaining. The book is in a question and answer form, which allows the author to expand on legends, names and rumors that may only be known as "news bytes." In this way Davis touches on topics not usually included in overviews, e.g., the massacre at Ft. Pillow, the unresolved questions about Pickett's charge, Stonewall Jackson's idiosyncracies, etc. A good start for those who actually don't know much about the Civil War. (JAF)
  nbmars | Apr 25, 2007 |
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By the vastly amusing author of Don't Know Much About History and Don't Know Much About Geography, this fresh look at America's greatest conflict will dispel all those misconceptions you acquired by watching "Gone With the Wind". Davis has a genius for bringing history to life, sorting out the players, the politics and the key events -- Harpers Ferry, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Emancipation, Reconstruction -- in a way that will enlighten even the most dedicated back-of-the-class napper. A brilliant crash course, this book vividly brings to life the people -- from Dred Scott to Abraham Lincoln -- and the everyday details that make up History with a capital H.

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Explores the myths and misconceptions about the Civil War, its causes, and the men who fought on both sides.

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