Search Results: "James M. McPherson"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE WAR THAT FORGED A NATION by James M. McPherson
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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A rare correspondence from one who was part of the great blockade, and an absorbing contribution to Civil War literature."
A unique collection of wartime letters from naval officer Roswell H. Lamson, US Naval Academy class of 1862, ably edited and annotated by Pulitzer Prize—winning historian James McPherson and independent researcher Patricia McPherson. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"Filled with the author's usual erudition and lucidity of style—although one wishes for a little more steak to go with the sizzle."
McPherson follows up his sprawling Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War epic Battle Cry of Freedom (1988) with a real change of pace: sparkling analytical essays on how Lincoln effected the most fundamental transformation of American society since the American Revolution. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1988

"This new volume in the Oxford History of the United States series should become a standard general history of the Civil War period—it's one that will stand up for years to come."
With this major work, McPherson (History/Princeton; Ordeal by Fire) cements his reputation as one of the finest Civil War historians. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >