By a professor of history at Antioch College, an absorbing segment of the Civil War as it highlighted the growth of North American journalism- written with the insight newsmen had yet to achieve and the gusto of a man on the spot. Established only as exhorting chroniclers, reporter had at the outbreak of the Civil War, a record of violently opinionated columns the country over. Journalism was essentially a partisan thing filled with the hot air of politics and progress, unschooled in the fine art of news gathering as it is practised today. War, the leakages of important troop information to the South by papers, new concepts of civil liberties and necessary censorship were among the influences necessitating a system of correspondents who began to learn a new impartiality and who not only reported the war well, but created a precedent for the future. Often, Mr. Weisberger takes his reader to the battlefield with different reporters, printing unique pictures of the conflict as they came in contact with the generals or as they reflected and reformed the changing ideas of their editors-notably the giants Bennett of the Herald Greeley of the Tribune and Raymond of the Times. Fine history embellished by sustained brilliancy of prose. An undeniable treat for all ""observers"".