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In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of America’s bloody War Between the States, Harper Paperbacks is republishing A Short History of the Civil War by noted historian James L. Stokesbury with a new photo insert. A concise and compelling full account of the brutal conflict that redefined the nation, Stokesbury covers the war’s causes and major battles (Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, etc.), the important players and generals (Grant, Lee, McClellan and others), as well as the weaponry, the unsung heroes, and a wealth of fascinating, little-known details in what is the definitive, one-volume history of the momentous struggle between the Confederacy and the Union.

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The Definitive One-Volume History of the American Civil War

The American Civil War (1861–1865) was the pivotal conflict of the nation’s history. It was a wardefined by savage brutality, untold human costs, and monumental political crises that left theliteral and social landscape of the nation forever changed. One hundred fifty years later, itcontinues to hold a powerful grip on the American psyche. In A Short History of the Civil War, notedhistorian James L. Stokesbury dramatically and concisely chronicles the important events leading upto the war and, using maps, recounts its decisive battles while describing the strategies and tactics ofthe North’s and South’s prominent commanders. Drawing on fascinating details and little-known facts,Stokesbury also brings to life the generals—Grant, Lee, Hooker, McClellan, Jackson—and the unsungheroes of this great struggle between the Union and the Confederacy.

About the Author:

James L. Stokesbury is the author of A Short History of World War I, A Short History of World War II, A Short History of the Korean War, and A Short History of the American Revolution. Before his death in 1995 he was a professor of history at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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