Books by Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer is one of the world’s leading scholars on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. He has authored or edited more than 40 books on Lincoln and his milieu, including Lincoln on War, which Kirkus called a “wisely chosen, expertly arranged collection.” Holzer is also a frequent guest on C-SPAN, the History Channel and PBS. His book Lincoln on War is out next week. Photo credit: Don Perdue

MONUMENT MAN by Harold Holzer
Released: March 5, 2019

"This beautifully written, impeccably researched biography does much to resuscitate French's substantial contributions to American art."
The first comprehensive biography of a great American sculptor. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A well-honed work of driving focus, particularly timely in this new era of economic inequality."
The acclaimed Lincoln scholar and an economist make the argument that Abraham Lincoln worked tirelessly to maintain economic opportunity for all people—a "right to rise" concept that has been sacred to politicians from then to the present. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 2015

"A thoughtful treat for the Lincoln and Civil War crowds."
Noted historians reflect on the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An exhaustive feat of research with a focused structure and robust prose."
Hefty study of partisan journalism as vigorously embraced by Abraham Lincoln and the warring New York dailies. Read full book review >
THE CIVIL WAR IN 50 OBJECTS by Harold Holzer
Released: May 6, 2013

"A valuable addition to the popular literature of the Civil War, well-conceived and packaged."
A modern dean of Civil War studies offers an illuminating account of the conflict as reflected in material culture. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2012

"A fine introduction to what promises in 2013 to become a nationwide discussion."
As we near its sesquicentennial, a distinguished Lincoln scholar examines the problematic history of the Emancipation Proclamation. Read full book review >
LINCOLN ON WAR by Harold Holzer
Released: April 12, 2011

"A wisely chosen, expertly arranged collection."
One of the world's foremost Lincoln scholars offers a selection of the president's writings and remarks on war, its conduct, trials, horror and meaning. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2011

"There are few more essential books for Civil War buffs and professional historians alike. A welcome, valuable addition to the vast library devoted to the conflict."
Firsthand accounts of the bloodletting whose 150th anniversary we are about to commemorate, some of which might have saved later historians embarrassment. Read full book review >
FATHER ABRAHAM by Harold Holzer
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A natural companion for Candace Fleming's fine The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary (2008). (endnotes, adult-level bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
Trailing the stampede of Lincoln-bicentennial studies, this profile of "the clan that might have become America's royal family but instead became America's cursed family" offers both a wagonload of fascinating period photos and a case study in domestic tragedy and dysfunction. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Effectively brings this tense interlude to vivid life."
Award-winning Lincoln scholar Holzer (Lincoln at Cooper Union, 2004, etc.) meticulously examines the ominous period between the 16th president's election and his swearing in. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2004

"Sometimes more laudatory than analytical—but the enthusiasm is infectious."
Had it not been for his "right makes might" speech on Feb. 27, 1860, at New York's Cooper Union college, Abraham Lincoln might well have remained a rustic lawyer and back-country raconteur. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A superb addition to the field. (postscript, bibliography, places to visit, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Through parallel narratives, Holzer tells the story of Lincoln's presidency and John Wilkes Booth's conspiracy to avenge the fall of the Confederacy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"A volume with a pleasing admixture of the strange and the familiar, of poignance and humor, of iron and irony. (photos, not seen)"
Holzer, author and editor of numerous books on the Civil War and Lincoln (The Lincoln Mailbag, not reviewed, etc.), has assembled another collection for those with insatiable appetites for information about the 16th president. Read full book review >