Prestons clear and precise text is a perfect backdrop for his marvelous selection of quotes and pithy style, a combination that has quite rightly received widespread praise. From james mcphersons definitive history to tony horwitzs adventures among obsessives, here are the 11 best books on the civil war in time for the. A new book examines why gone with the wind dominates popular memory of the civil warand which forgotten stories of that time are worth remembering. Hey rsyriancivilwar, was wondering if you guys have any good, mostly uptodate book recommendations that discuss the civil war i was looking at inside syria by reese elrich, and it seems like a good choice, but i was wondering if anyone has any more personal recommendations. Civil war is by definition the same concept seen in differing ways, and galloway.
A new way of conducting war appeared during the civil war. Mar 24, 2020 a new book examines why gone with the wind dominates popular memory of the civil warand which forgotten stories of that time are worth remembering. In fact, according to the library of congress civil war desk reference, over 70,000 books have been published on various aspects of the civil war and more are being published every day. It is generally known in the south as the war between the states and is also called the war of the rebellion the official union designation, the war of secession, and the war for southern independence. Jun 22, 2017 theres definitely no shortage of books about the american civil war. The civil war awakening by adam goodheart, paperback. Glossary of civil war terms american battlefield trust. Reading about your host country after a while is always interesting because you understand the nuances better. Aug 16, 2017 the american civil war is not the stuff of musty old history books, it is still claiming lives in america today. Civil war book list by the new york times far more books have been written about the civil war than about any other event in american history, and lincolns stack of books towers over that of any other american figure.
Here are the books about the civil war that we should have read in school, because. Eleven southern slave states declared their secession from the united states and formed the confederate states of america, also known as the confederacy. If you want to search a specific author or book, you can use our search engine. The best civil war books of all time analysis civil war. The american civil war 18611865 was a civil war in the united states of america. Its a unique historical document that gives greater influence to our classical past. Led by jefferson davis, the confederacy fought for its independence from the united states. A list of notable books about the american civil war. The other is a herculean yankee captured by the ragtag confederate band. Far more books have been written about the civil war than about any other event in american history, and lincolns stack of books towers over that of any other american figure. Civil war is by definition the same concept seen in.
The american heritage picture history of the civil war, by bruce catton. American civil war ebooks for all free ebooks download. A books total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. The killer angels by michael shaara, gone with the wind by margaret mitchell, battle cry of freedom by james. Not really a civil war book, but crucial to understanding all other civil war books. Shop for civil war scrapbooking and other related products. From james mcphersons definitive history to tony horwitzs adventures among obsessives, here are the 11 best books on the civil war in time. No wonder, then, that the war has been the subject of so many dramatic films and documentaries. The american heritage picture history of the civil war. The civil war books that should have been assigned reading in. Awardwinning picture book author tony johnston presents the poignant story of a loving mexicanamerican family in east l.
You can also view the top 50 ebooks or last 10 added ebooks list. I happened to read the alligators of abraham by robert kloss, which is an incredible novel set during the american civil war era, and that led me to grab the killer angels by michael shaara. The literature on the war is so vast you could spend a lifetime reading really good books about it. A list of 100 of the best civil war books, spanning several decades and genres. These mustread books cover both fiction and nonfiction about. The civil war was the deadliest ever fought on american soil. Six books on the civil war these six histories of the civil war that are mustreads if you want to better understand the conflict a group of officers in culpeper, virginia reading. Widely regarded as the most authoritative onevolume history of the war. May 06, 2016 10 nonfiction books about the civil war that will fascinate any history buff. Civil war volumes box set is an allencompassing history. What are some good books about the sri lankan civil war.
Ron chernows grant attempts to reconcile the two divergent narratives. We wanted to include a variety of volumes to appeal to many different tastes. The best singlevolume survey of the political events that led to secession and war. Jan 29, 2020 not only is this the best introductory text on the civil war, but its also an enlightening read for anyone already versed in the subject. The best civil war books of all time analysis civil war monitor. Reference books on the civil war national archives.
Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers. The best civil war books of all time analysis civil. Search the librarys online public access catalog to find holdings of general books on the civil war era, including military histories, bibliographies, and guides to other state and. Like im looking for books of this particular type because im currently in the process of writing one. The civil war is a pulsequickening account of the deadliest war in american history. Civil war stories to read instead of gone with the wind. Doing what david mcculloughs 1776 did for the american revolution, goodhearts book delivers a remarkably original and gripping account of the year the civil war began. The reason this book stops at waterloo and mentions nothing of the civil war, or the world wars, is that it was written in 1851. For my money, theres one book that anyone who wants to learn about the civil war should have.
Oligarchy, democracy, and the continuing fight for the soul of america. History book club goodheart is an elegant writer and this is a highly readable introduction to americas great civil conflict. Jun 23, 2019 the civil war was the bloodiest conflict in american history, turning brother against brother and devastating large regions of the country. There are very good reasons why this book is so often called the best singlevolume history of. During the civil war, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. American civil warteen fiction, historical fiction teen. It came out after he had died but the book was dedicated to him.
Like any good war history book, the civil war books on this list take a deep dive not only into the untold horrors of warfare, but also the perspectives, personalities, and motivations behind it, as well as the ramifications. I wrote a book about war correspondents during the civil war which i wrote for herbert. The best books on the spanish civil war five books expert. This coffeetable book, first published by the old american heritage magazine company in 1960, offers lavish illustrations, including scores of photographs by mathew brady and other masterful war photographers, and a lively narrative by bruce catton. Buy a book about gettysburg, and you discover that fredericksburg was an issue, as was the leadership of hooker. Any recommended reading list therefore has to be highly selective and at least somewhat arbitrary. What is a good book to start learning about the american. Civil war stories to read instead of gone with the wind time. Mcphersons battle cry of freedom, still perhaps the single greatest volume ever written on the civil war or. All ebooks can be read online and you can download most of them directly to your pc, ereader, tablet or smartphone. Instead of focusing only on military targets, armies conducting total war destroyed homes and crops to demoralize and undermine the civilian base of the enemys war effort. Posts may contain affiliate links, meaning cwba might get a commission from purchases made through those links, at no cost to you. Feb, 2019 five years ago, i learned something surprising about myself. This is probably the best book ever written on any single battle of the civil war.
Looking for some good books on the syrian civil war. This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in august of 2015. Nov 25, 2017 adapted from charles fraziers 1997 book of the same name. I still assign this to graduate students as an example of historical writing at its best and for its deployment of the concept of irony to the sectional conflict. Aug, 2012 civil war books for kids can help spark an interest in history or fuel a fire thats already been lit. So herberts book on guernica is one that i would always include in the five most important books on the spanish civil war in any language. An epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields, 1861 is adam goodhearts account of how the civil war began and a second american revolution unfolded. The civil war was not only the last war fought entirely on u. May 01, 2019 i read two books which were extremely good reads, especially after i had spent 2 years in sri lanka.906 130 769 1012 1393 685 35 982 228 184 1523 251 706 1016 304 894 1402 878 500 397 410 463 816 1338 1462 135 775 873 539 1331 959 277 489