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Old 04-13-2011, 11:20 AM   #1523
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Default Re: What are you reading?

Originally Posted by heyhey

check that book out. It's one of the few books with new insights into Civil War in recent years. The book profiles many of the important figures in the war and provides new narrative for the end of the conflict

There are a few books that belong on the shelf of every Civil War buff: James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, one of the better Abraham Lincoln biographies, something on Robert E. Lee, perhaps Shelby Foote's massive trilogy The Civil War. Add Jay Winik's wonderful April 1865 to the list. This is one of those rare, shining books that takes a new look at an old subject and changes the way we think about it. Winik shows that there was nothing inevitable about the end of the Civil War, from the fall of Richmond to the surrender at Appomattox to the murder of Lincoln. It all happened so quickly, in what "proved to be perhaps the most moving and decisive month not simply of the Civil War, but indeed, quite likely, in the life of the United States."

Definitely checking this one out. Thanks heyhey.
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