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CIVIL WAR

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A HISTORY IN IDEAS
Written by DAVID ARMITAGE

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/07/2017

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27113-6

A highly original history, tracing the least understood and most intractable form of organized human aggression from Ancient Rome through the centuries to the present day. 

We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and what it isn't, have a long and contested history, from its fraught origins in republican Rome to debates in early modern Europe to our present day. Defining the term is acutely political, for ideas about what makes a war "civil" often depend on whether...

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A LIFE ON THE FRONTIER OF A NEW AMERICA
Written by T.J. STILES

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/25/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47594-7

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History

In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a capable yet insecure man, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (court-martialed twice in six years) and the new corporate economy, a...

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A LIFE ON THE FRONTIER OF A NEW AMERICA
Written by T.J. STILES

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-59264-4

Winner, Pulitzer Prize for History
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

Finalist, Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History
Longlist, Mark Lynton History Prize
Finalist, California Book Award
Finalist, Plutarch Award for Biography
Winner, Spur Award for Best Western Biography

From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a brilliant new biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times.

In this magisterial...

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BRITAIN'S SECRET AGENT IN THE CIVIL WAR SOUTH
Written by CHRISTOPHER DICKEY

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-88727-6

When Robert Bunch arrived in Charleston to take up the post of British consul in 1853, he was young and full of ambition, but even he couldn’t have imagined the incredible role he would play in the history-making events to unfold. In an age when diplomats often were spies, Bunch’s job included sending intelligence back to the British government in London. Yet as the United States threatened to erupt into Civil War, Bunch found himself plunged into a double life, settling into an amiable...

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THE TANGLED LIVES OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN
Written by ROBERT L. O'CONNELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98212-1

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

William Tecumseh Sherman was more than just one of our greatest generals. Fierce Patriot is a bold, revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact on the American landscape—and the American character.

 
America’s first “celebrity” general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces. Some were exalted in the public eye, others known only to his intimates. In this bold, revisionist portrait, Robert L. O’Connell captures the man in...

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THE LAST INVASION
Written by ALLEN GUELZO

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74069-4

An Economist Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

The Battle of Gettysburg has been written about at length and thoroughly dissected in terms of strategic importance, but never before has a book taken readers so close to the experience of the individual soldier.

Two-time Lincoln Prize winner Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the stone walls and gunpowder clouds of Pickett’s Charge; the reason that the...

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Written by WINSTON GROOM

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-426-21171-3

In the spring of 1862, many Americans still believed that the Civil War, “would be over by Christmas.” The previous summer in Virginia, Bull Run, with nearly 5,000 casualties, had been shocking, but suddenly came word from a far away place in the wildernesses of Southwest Tennessee of an appalling battle costing 23,000 casualties, most of them during a single day. It was more than had resulted from the entire American Revolution. As author Winston Groom reveals in this dramatic,...

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INSIDE THE NATIONAL COLLECTION
Written by SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
Edited by NEIL KAGAN
Foreword by JON MEACHAM
Photographer HUGH TALMAN
Introduction by MICHELLE DELANEY

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/29/2013

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-588-34389-5

Heavily illustrated and presented in a large format, Smithsonian Civil War contains 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war and takes students through the Reconstruction period.

Smithsonian Civil War takes students inside the great collection of Americana housed at twelve national museums and...

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OLD MEN, STOLEN GLORY, AND THE MYSTERY THAT OUTLIVED THE CIVIL WAR
Written by RICHARD A. SERRANO

Format: Hardcover, 232 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34395-6

In the late 1950s, as America prepared for the Civil War centennial, two very old men lay dying. Albert Woolson, 109 years old, slipped in and out of a coma at a Duluth, Minnesota, hospital, his memories as a Yankee drummer boy slowly dimming. Walter Williams, at 117 blind and deaf and bedridden in his daughter’s home in Houston, Texas, no longer could tell of his time as a Confederate forage master. The last of the Blue and the Gray were drifting away; an era was ending.

Unknown to the...

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A CIVIL WAR COMMEMORATION: POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, PAST AND PRESENT

Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34397-0

Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including 12 wholly new poems by contemporary poets created especially for this volume.

Includes previously unpublished poetry by Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Steve Scafidi, Jr., Michael Schmidt, Dave Smith, Tracy K. Smith, and C. D. Wright. Also includes...

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Written by BRUCE CATTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/11/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80605-5

This classic work by Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Catton, one of the great historians of the Civil War, takes an incisive look at the turning point of the war, when the great armies of the North and South came to Gettysburg in July 1863. Engaging and authoritative, Catton analyzes the course of events at Gettysburg, clarifying its causes and bringing to life the most famous battle ever fought on American soil. Paying full heed to the human tragedies that occurred, Gettysburg: The Final Fury...

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THE ONSET OF THE CIVIL WAR, NOVEMBER 1860-APRIL 1861
Written by WILLIAM J. COOPER

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/04/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-07623-9

In this carefully researched book William J. Cooper gives us a fresh perspective on the period between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, during which all efforts to avoid or impede secession and prevent war failed. Here is the story of the men whose decisions and actions during the crisis of the Union resulted in the outbreak of the Civil War.

Sectional compromise had been critical in the history of the country, from the Constitutional...

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