Six lavishly illustrated volumes are a comprehensive guide to the Civil War. The volumes describe in detail battles from 1861 to 1865, featuring authentic narratives of each campaign. Chapters recreate the clash of armies, tactics, strategies and outcomes of battles.
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These volumes offer a copious and gripping chronological account of the military campaigns of the Civil War. The work of many hands--including such prize-winning historians as editor McPherson, Stephen Oates, Stephen Sears, Emory Thomas, the late Bell Wiley, and the late T. Harry Williams--the volumes draw heavily on articles and illustrations from the Civil War Times Illustrated . The writing is crisp but relentlessly military, filled with the smell of sulphur and the clank of steel. The authors remind us that battles win wars. In his connective, overview essays, McPherson offers a few bows to politics, diplomacy, and emancipation, and the last volume adds brief biographies of Lincoln and Davis, among others. But battles and generals command the stage. The one chapter devoted to the common soldier has little of the new scholarship on soldiers' attitudes toward war and responses to it. These volumes will not supplant the interpretive force and narrative sweep of Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote, or McPherson ( Battle Cry of Freedom , LJ 3/1/88; an LJ "Best Book of 1988"). Still, public and college libraries will find them indispensable reference sources.
- Randall R. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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Book Description Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, NY, 1989. US Edition. solid Qto(s). VG+/VG+. stunning glossy navy DJ spine and panels. gilt main title on gold-bordered lengthy gray segment with uppercase titling; between gilt volume digit and publisher. SIX VOLUME SET, in matching DJ, each HB in dark blue coated cloth, with stamped titling in gilt on gray spine segment and gray field on front board. decorative map endsheets. frequent illustrations and figures, with text detail within the two-column per sheet textblock. VOLUME 1 : 1861, very clear interior, edges in 176 pp. ISBN# 0028972716. VOLUME 2 : 1862, excellent shape, interior and exterior. 368 pp. ISBN# 0028972724. VOLUME 3: 1863, neat interior, and all outer edges. 239 pp. ISBN# 0028972732. VOLUME 4: 1864, fine superficial lines to glossy DJ rear. 208 pp. ISBN# 0028972740. VOLUME 5: 1865, slight spotting to ffep right in rear. ISBN# 0028972759. VOLUME 6: LEADERS / INDEX. 215 pp. neat ivory sheets, with minimal handling/wear. Rockville. Bookseller Inventory # 7-83-1239308
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Book Description Macmillan Publishing Company, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 6 vols., all VG/VG copies - UK SHIPPING ONLY. Bookseller Inventory # 004512