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Civil War Books Abound (Part 1)

Book Review

With 2011 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, all kinds of books and movies and commemorations are there to mark the time. From the publishing houses of HarperCollins, Harper, Smithsonian, Perennial, come a host of carefully crafted books focused on different aspects of the Civil War. All are unique. All are worth a place on your bookshelf.

A sampling of a few standouts includes:  “Gettysburg A Testing of Courage” by Noah Andre Trudeau, a one volume splendid narrative of the war’s decisive battle,  “Lines of Contention: Political Cartoons of the Civil War” by J.G. Lewin and P.J. Huff, “Marching Through  Georgia” by Lee Kennett, the story of soldiers and civilians during Sherman’s campaign, “Don’t Know Much About the Civil War” by Kenneth C. Davis, whose sub-title proclaims: “Everything you Need to Know About America’s Greatest Conflict but Never learned.”

Others of special worth include: “Witness to the Civil War” First-Hand Accounts from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, “Faces of Discord - The Civil War Era at the National Portrait Galley” and “Lincoln’s Assassins Their Trial and Execution” by James Swanson and Daniel R. Weinberg.”

And there are these of special interest to Civil War buffs with special interests: “Enemy Women” by Paulette Jiles, a mesmerizing novel set in the midst of the war, “Sherman” by Lee Kennett, an intriguing bio of the life and times of the general, ”The Confederate Nation” by Emory M. Thomas viewed  as the classic book on the Confederacy, Brian Holden Reid’s “The Civil War and the Wars of the 19th Century, “Throes of Democracy” by Walter A. McDougall, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year that covers all the major events of 1829-1877, “Rebirth of a Nation” by Jackson Lears which engagingly focuses on the years 1877-1920 and “A Year in the South 1865” by Stephen V. Ash – the story of four quite ordinary people who lived through that harrowing year.  

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

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