Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era

ISBN-10: 0195159012

ISBN-13: 9780195159011

Edition: 2003

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Description: Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for History and a New York Times Bestseller, Battle Cry of Freedom is universally recognized as the definitive account of the Civil War. It was hailed in The New York Times as "historical writing of the highest order." The Washington Post called it "the finest single volume on the war and its background." And The Los Angeles Times wrote that "of the 50,000 books written on the Civil War, it is the finest compression of that national paroxysm ever fitted between two covers." Now available in a splendid new edition is The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom. Boasting some seven hundred pictures, including a hundred and fifty color images and twenty-four full-color maps, here is the ultimate gift book for everyone interested in American history. McPherson has selected all the illustrations, including rare contemporary photographs, period cartoons, etchings, woodcuts, and paintings, carefully choosing those that best illuminate the narrative. More important, he has written extensive captions (some 35,000 words in all, virtually a book in themselves), many of which offer genuinely new information and interpretations that significantly enhance the text. The text itself, streamlined by McPherson, remains a fast-paced narrative that brilliantly captures two decades of contentious American history, from the Mexican War to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. The reader will find a truly masterful chronicle of the war itself--the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities--as well as McPherson's thoughtful commentary on such matters as the slavery expansion issue in the 1850s, the origins of the Republican Party, the causes of secession, internal dissent and anti-war opposition in the North and the South, and the reasons for the Union's victory. A must-have purchase for the legions of Civil War buffs, The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom is both a spectacularly beautiful volume and the definitive account of the most important conflict in our nation's history.

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List price: $99.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 804
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 6.380
Language: English

James M. McPherson is the author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which won a Pulitzer Prize in history, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, a Lincoln Prize winner. He is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he also lives. His newest book, entitled Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with a short, but detailed look at this president's life.

Preface to the Illustrated Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Prologue: From the Halls of Montezuma
The United States at Midcentury
Mexico Will Poison Us
An Empire for Slavery
Slavery, Rum, and Romanism
The Crime Against Kansas
Mudsills and Greasy Mechanics for A. Lincoln
The Revolution of 1860
The Counterrevolution of 1861
Facing Both Ways: The Upper South's Dilemma
Amateurs Go to War
Farewell to the Ninety Days' War
Blockade and Beachhead: The Salt-Water War, 1861-1862
The River War in 1862
The Sinews of War
Billy Yank's Chickahominy Blues
We Must Free the Slaves or Be Ourselves Subdued
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
John Bull's Virginia Reel
Three Rivers in Winter, 1862-1863
Fire in the Rear
Long Remember: The Summer of '63
Johnny Reb's Chattanooga Blues
When This Cruel War Is Over
If It Takes All Summer
After Four Years of Failure
We Are Going to Be Wiped off the Earth
South Carolina Must Be Destroyed
We Are All Americans
Epilogue: To the Shoals of Victory
Index
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