Fateful Lightning A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction

ISBN-10: 0199843287
ISBN-13: 9780199843282
Edition: 2012
Authors: Allen C. Guelzo
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.00" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

The Civil War is the greatest trauma ever experienced by the American nation, a four-year paroxysm of violence that left in its wake more than 600,000 dead, more than 2 million refugees, and the destruction (in modern dollars) of more than $700 billion in property. The war also sparked some of the most heroic moments in American history and enshrined a galaxy of American heroes. Above all, it permanently ended the practice of slavery and proved, in an age of resurgent monarchies, that a liberal democracy could survive the most frightful of challenges.InFateful Lightning, two-time Lincoln Prize-winning historian Allen C. Guelzo offers a marvelous portrait of the Civil War and its era, covering not only the major figures and epic battles, but also politics, religion, gender, race, diplomacy, and technology. And unlike other surveys of the Civil War era, it extends the reader's vista to include the postwar Reconstruction period and discusses the modern-day legacy of the Civil War in American literature and popular culture. Guelzo also puts the conflict in a global perspective, underscoring Americans' acute sense of the vulnerability of their republic in a world of monarchies. He examines the strategy, the tactics, and especially the logistics of the Civil War and brings the most recent historical thinking to bear on emancipation, the presidency and the war powers, the blockade and international law, and the role of intellectuals, North and South.Written by a leading authority on our nation's most searing crisis,Fateful Lightningoffers a vivid and original account of an event whose echoes continue with Americans to this day.

Acknowledgments
A Nation Announcing Itself
The Game of Balances
Year of Meteors
To War upon Slavery: The East and Emancipation, 1861�1862
Elusive Victories: East and West, 1862�1863
The Soldier's Tale
The Manufacture of War
The Year That Trembled: East and West, 1863
World Turned Upside Down
Stalemate and Triumph
A Dim Shore Ahead
Epilogue
Further Reading
Index

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