Search Results: "James M. McPherson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 19, 1971

"For the moment at least, Blacks in America must be considered the best one-volume bibliographic guide to black literature available."
This selective, chrono-topical guide "to the subject matter and literature of black history and culture" is more comprehensive, somewhat more up-to-date, much more evaluative, and certainly no less anthoritative than Fisher's revision of Miller's The Negro in America (1970) or Homer and Swartout's Books About the Negro (also 1970), two of the most useful general black bibliographies around. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMBATTLED REBEL by James M. McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A fair-handed treatment from a towering historian and sterling writer."
A seasoned Civil War historian examines the beleaguered president of the Confederacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"While the navies may not be on the top of the list for most Civil War enthusiasts, this is a solid contribution to Civil War scholarship."
Pulitzer and Lincoln Prize winner McPherson (Abraham Lincoln, 2009, etc.) displays his massive knowledge of the Civil War, this time specifically concerning the naval battles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Brings a critical intelligence to central questions concerning the war."
Essays and book reviews by a leading Civil War historian. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A thoughtfully and clearly constructed offering that will appeal to history buffs young and old and a must for any Civil War history collection. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Two percent of the whole population—620,000 soldiers—died in the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Fine historical writing, and required reading for both Civil War buffs and scholars—divided audiences, as McPherson notes."
Thoughtful essays on the Civil War by one of its foremost contemporary students. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"A leisurely walk through a former inferno with a most eloquent Virgil."
Celebrated Civil War historian McPherson (Fields of Fury, 2002, etc.) holds our hands, points our heads, and evokes awe-ful and sanguinary images of July 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

M by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"A compelling portrait of the painter as outsider and provocateur; a first-rate evocation of both a genius and the violent times in which he lived. (16 pages illus.)"
An exuberant attempt to penetrate the mysteries surrounding the astounding paintings and brief, turbulent life of the Italian artist who has come to be known as Caravaggio. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAR THAT FORGED A NATION by James M. McPherson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2015

"These authoritative essays, most of which appeared previously in various formats, will appeal mainly to serious students and specialists."
A pre-eminent historian reflects on the Civil War's lasting impact on the nation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Fluid and convincingly argued—one of the best Lincoln studies in recent years. For more information about Lincoln's relations with the Navy, see Craig L. Symonds's forthcoming Lincoln and His Admirals (2008)."
A leading Civil War authority assesses Lincoln's performance as head of the Union armed forces. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The bibliography would be better if some of the fine works on the subject for younger readers were included, but overall, a superb volume that makes history come alive. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Following his Fields of Fury: The American Civil War (2002), McPherson continues the story of what the Civil War meant for America's future and how the U.S. was to be reconstructed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"McPherson's newest addition to a long roster of books is valuable not only for Civil War aficionados but for students of military history generally."
A grunt's-eye account of the Civil War. Read full book review >