Books by William Marvel

TARNISHED VICTORY by William Marvel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 2011

"Marvel is both credited with and accused of writing revisionist history, and this final volume is in keeping with its predecessors in both tone and direction. It aptly concludes the author's extensive effort to elucidate the errors of those powerful men who began the Civil War and quickly found themselves trapped by their own creation, forced to see it through to a merciless end."
Acclaimed historian Marvel (The Great Task Remaining: The Third Year of Lincoln's War, 2010, etc.) delivers the final volume of his finely written, minutely researched four-part history of the Civil War. Read full book review >
MR. LINCOLN GOES TO WAR by William Marvel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2006

"Sure to touch off discussion, if not controversy, in professional circles; readers with a penchant for iconoclasm will want to have a look, too."
The Railsplitter as tyrant, warmonger and Machiavellian strategist. Read full book review >
THE MONITOR CHRONICLES by William Marvel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2000

"A unique history, unusually accessible because it is taken largely from the pen of a long-dead sailor. No prior knowledge of maritime practice or Civil War arcana necessary. (100 b&w and color illustrations)"
During the Civil War, some 172 feet of seagoing iron, with a deck a mere foot-and-a-half above the water line, made the world's navies instantly obsolete. That's maritime history, retold here. The human story, too, is told by one of the ship's crewmen. Read full book review >
BURNSIDE by William Marvel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"A well-researched and thorough look at one of the Civil War's major figures. (Twenty-nine illustrations; 13 maps.)"
A workmanlike biography of the amiable Union general that unconvincingly argues that Burnside's poor military reputation was largely an undeserved product of vicious military gossip and his own naive humility. Read full book review >