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Civil War Period (1850-1877)

  • Waterlooby Paul O'Keeffe

    Random House 2014; US$ 35.20

    This was the scene after midnight, 19 June 1815: On the battlefield more than 50,000 men and 7,000 horses lay dead and wounded; the wreckage of a once proud French Grande Armée was struggling in abject disorder to the Belgian frontier pursued by murderous Prussian lancers; caked in dust and sweat, the Duke of Wellington began writing... more...

  • Embattled Rebelby James M. McPherson

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 16.99

    From the Pulitzer Prize?winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom , a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations. If that cause had succeeded, it would have torn the United... more...

  • Kentucky Confederatesby Berry Craig

    The University Press of Kentucky 2014; US$ 45.00

    During the Civil War, the majority of Kentuckians supported the Union under the leadership of Henry Clay, but one part of the state presented a striking exception. The Jackson Purchase -- bounded by the Mississippi River to the west, the Ohio River to the north, and the Tennessee River to the east -- fought hard for separation and secession, and produced... more...

  • Napoleon the Greatby Andrew Roberts

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    From Andrew Roberts, author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Storm of War , this is the definitive modern biography of Napoleon It has become all too common for Napoleon Bonaparte's biographers to approach him as a figure to be reviled, bent on world domination, practically a proto-Hitler. Here, after years of study extending even... more...

  • 1491by Charles C. Mann

    Granta Publications 2014; US$ 17.32

    Up until very recently it was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's surface, were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small roaming bands of indigenous people. But recently unexpected discoveries have dramatically changed our understanding of Indian life. Many scholars now argue that the... more...

  • War on the Silver Screenby Glen Jeansonne; David Luhrssen

    Potomac Books Inc. 2014; US$ 19.95

    Americans have been almost constantly at war since 1917. In addition to two world wars, the United States has fought proxy wars, propaganda wars, and a "war on terror," among others. But even with the constant presence of war in American life, much of what Americans remember about those conflicts comes from Hollywood depictions. In War on... more...

  • Rebel Yellby S. C. Gwynne

    Scribner 2014; US$ 35.00

    From the author of the prizewinning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling account of how Civil War general Thomas ?Stonewall? Jackson became a great and tragic American hero. Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee,... more...

  • The Life and Death of Gus Reedby Thomas Bahde

    Ohio University Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    Gus Reed was a freed slave who traveled north as Sherman?s March was sweeping through Georgia in 1864. His journey ended in Springfield, Illinois, a city undergoing fundamental changes as its white citizens struggled to understand the political, legal, and cultural consequences of emancipation and black citizenship. Reed became known as a petty thief,... more...

  • The Memoirs of General William T. Shermanby William T. Sherman

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; Not Available

    First published in 1875, General William T. Sherman?s memoir was one of the first from the Civil War, and was offered to the public because, as Sherman wrote in his dedication, ?no satisfactory history? of the war was yet available. Although the Memoirs have been revised and corrected many times over the years, Sherman, famously, never changed... more...

  • The Memoirs of General William T. Shermanby William T. Sherman

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; Not Available

    First published in 1875, General William T. Sherman?s memoir was one of the first from the Civil War, and was offered to the public because, as Sherman wrote in his dedication, ?no satisfactory history? of the war was yet available. Although the Memoirs have been revised and corrected many times over the years, Sherman, famously, never changed... more...