U.s. History - Civil War and Reconstruction 1860-1877
The Civil War Awakening
Paperback ISBN: 1400032199
As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents’ faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. The book introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer’s wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Adam Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision. From the Hardcover edition.
A Presidential Life
Hardcover ISBN: 0195374525
An in-depth biography covers the life and political career of Abraham Lincoln discusse his humble beginnings in Kentucky, legal career as a young man, and impressive rise on the political stage, becoming president with less than half the popular vote and acting as Commander-in-Chief during the Civil War before being assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution
Paperback ISBN: 0195076060
James McPherson has emerged as one of America's finest historians. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times Book Review, called "history writing of the highest order." In that volume, McPherson gathered in the broad sweep of events, the political, social, and cultural forces at work during the Civil War era. Now, in Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, he offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on aspects of Lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth. McPherson again displays his keen insight and sterling prose as he examines several critical themes in American history. He looks closely at the President's role as Commander-in-Chief of the Union forces, showing how Lincoln forged a national military strategy for victory. He explores the importance of Lincoln's great rhetorical skills, uncovering how--through parables and figurative language--he was uniquely able to communicate both the purpose of the war and a new meaning of liberty to the people of the North. In another section, McPherson examines the Civil War as a Second American Revolution, describing how the Republican Congress elected in 1860 passed an astonishing blitz of new laws (rivaling the first hundred days of the New Deal), and how the war not only destroyed the social structure of the old South, but radically altered the balance of power in America, ending 70 years of Southern power in the national government. The Civil War was the single most transforming and defining experience in American history, and Abraham Lincoln remains the most important figure in the pantheon of our mythology. These graceful essays, written by one of America's leading historians, offer fresh and unusual perspectives on both.
All the Great Prizes
The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
Paperback ISBN: 1416597344
A full-scale portrait of Lincoln's Secretary and the Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt traces his constant presence at the 16th President's side and role in major historical events for more than half a century, providing parallel coverage of his privileged and romantic personal life.
The American Civil War
A Military History
Hardcover ISBN: 0307263436
Analyzes conundrums attributed to the war from its mismatched sides to the absence of decisive outcomes for dozens of skirmishes, in an account that offers insight into the war's psychology, ideology, and economics while also discussing the pivotal roles of leadership and geography.
A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
Hardcover ISBN: 1400069025
A major profile of the Civil War general and 18th U.S. President challenges his historical unpopularity, drawing on years of research with primary documents to explore Grant's character as one of generosity, curiosity and introspection. By the author of the New York Times best-selling A. Lincoln. 30 maps.
A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
Paperback ISBN: 0812981251
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidents In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.
The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Hardcover ISBN: 1631492446
Originally published in 1885 by Mark Twain, this newly annotated edition of General Grant's biography provides detailed historical and cultural contexts to create a more vivid picture of the Civil War era.