Report repeated from page 191 of the April 15th bulletin. ""A tremendous amount of research has gone into this meticulously detailed picture of the Washington of the Civil War. One feels as though one were looking behind the scenes, sharing the day by day life, seeing how the people lived and what they wore, what they ate, how they dressed, and most important of all, how they thought. As one reads the text, one realizes that, unless the Civil War has been the subject of intensive research, it is apt to be a miscellaneous collection of general pattern of battles, shifting personnel, legends, anecdotes with Washington thought of chiefly as a milling horde of office seekers, with the lank, homely figure of the President dominant. Through a new integration of facts, Margaret Leech has virtually redrawn the war, in all its aspects, through impact on Washington. Grand reading.