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


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 >
EMANCIPATING LINCOLN by Harold Holzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
HEARTS TOUCHED BY FIRE by Harold Holzer
HISTORY
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
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
LINCOLN PRESIDENT-ELECT by Harold Holzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
LINCOLN AT COOPER UNION by Harold Holzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
THE PRESIDENT IS SHOT! by Harold Holzer
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >