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ISBN: 0195168283
Author: James M. McPherson
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Slp edition (November 6, 2003)
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era is a Pulitzer Prize-winning work on the American Civil War, published in 1988, by James M. McPherson. It is the sixth volume of the Oxford History of the United States series. An abridged, illustrated version.

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era is a Pulitzer Prize-winning work on the American Civil War, published in 1988, by James M. An abridged, illustrated version of the book was published in 2003. Battle Cry of Freedom covers two decades, the period from the outbreak of the Mexican–American War to the Civil War's ending at Appomattox.

James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two .

James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox. Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox.

In this impressive book, famed Civil War historian McPherson revises his Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of. .

Real value is added not only. Serious Civil War buffs will delight in this magisterial treatment.

This book is a political and military history at its best

This book is a political and military history at its best. McPherson uses a chronological approach to cover the war's background, battles, political developments and intrigue, characters, and much more. The dispassionate treatment of how slavery was only a detonator excuse (the real reasons are much more intricate) but slowly became a deciding factor in the war is really appreciated. He clearly shows admiration for Lincoln with the president coming across as the great historical.

Battle Cry of Freedom McPherson handles all. The Civil War Era. JAMES M. Auckland Bangkok Buenos Aires.

James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that . This authoritative volume makes sense of that vast and confusing "second American Revolution" we call the Civil War, a war that transformed a nation and expanded our heritage of liberty.

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A Civil War song, "The Battle Cry of Freedom," written in 1862. Illustrative lines: "The Union forever, Hurrah boys If you want detailed discussion of battles, this is not the book for you. Where does the title of the book come from? A Civil War song, "The Battle Cry of Freedom," written in 1862.

This collector's quality, leather-bound edition of The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom, is hand-signed and numbered by the author, James M. McPherson. It features high-quality paper, colored end-papers, gold-foil edging, and packaged in a sturdy box-wrap. Order today, because quantities are limited. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for History and a New York Times Bestseller, Battle Cry of Freedom is universally recognized as the definitive account of the Civil War. It was hailed in The New York Times as "historical writing of the highest order." The Washington Post called it "the finest single volume on the war and its background." And The Los Angeles Times wrote that "of the 50,000 books written on the Civil War, it is the finest compression of that national paroxysm ever fitted between two covers." Now available in a splendid new edition is The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom. Boasting some seven hundred pictures, including a hundred and fifty color images and twenty-four full-color maps, here is the ultimate gift book for everyone interested in American history. McPherson has selected all the illustrations, including rare contemporary photographs, period cartoons, etchings, woodcuts, and paintings, carefully choosing those that best illuminate the narrative. More important, he has written extensive captions (some 35,000 words in all, virtually a book in themselves), many of which offer genuinely new information and interpretations that significantly enhance the text. The text itself, streamlined by McPherson, remains a fast-paced narrative that brilliantly captures two decades of contentious American history, from the Mexican War to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. The reader will find a truly masterful chronicle of the war itself--the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities--as well as McPherson's thoughtful commentary on such matters as the slavery expansion issue in the 1850s, the origins of the Republican Party, the causes of secession, internal dissent and anti-war opposition in the North and the South, and the reasons for the Union's victory. A must-have purchase for the legions of Civil War buffs, The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom is both a spectacularly beautiful volume and the definitive account of the most important conflict in our nation's history.

Comments:

Atineda
Outstanding! Phenomenal! This book delivers way more than what it promises!
Know that when you get this book you are getting a book that promises to give an overview of the entire Civil War era, from approximately 1845-1865. It does not promise an in-depth treatment of every significant event during those years, but it does promise to give enough info that you can easily understand how one event led to another.
What this book actually gives you is so much more. There is way more in-depth treatment here than I expected for a one-volume look at the time period. There is a ton of information given dealing with the Compromise of 1850, for example, and the effects of the Fugitive Slave Law. There are literally dozens of pages talking about American life and the differences between North and South as they entered the 1850's. There is a lot of descriptions of slavery and slave holdings at the time. In fact, it is not until you approach page 200 that the book begins to deal with the states leaving the union in 1860 and 1861. There is just a lot of background, and I love that. It really gives the reader a chance to be immersed in the time period, to really understand the thinking and the motivations of the groups of people involved.
Then, of course, there are over 400 pages of treatment on the Civil War itself. It is a military historian's dream come true.
The one thing you don't get in this book is any major insight into the character of significant individuals themselves. Well, with the exception of Lincoln and Grant, that is. There is significant space devoted to the character and writings of those two. But besides them, you don't really get to KNOW any of the other major figures of the Civil War. You won't learn much about the character of John Brown, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, Jefferson Davis, Fredrick Douglas or others. But you knew that walking into this book, so that does not bother me. This is, after all, an overview of the time period, not a biography.
One thing you will get in this book, if you purchase the illustration edition, is exceptional images throughout. The pictures, newspaper clippings, maps, and drawings are incredible. A history buff could spend hours just drooling over the images contained in here. The author is clearly not only a master of his subject but also a lover of his subject. To have spent the huge amount of time that it obviously took to find all of these images and have them included in here is evidence that he really, really knows what he is talking about in this book and loves what he is talking about.
What a great book! Anyone with even a casual interest in the Civil War period has to pick up this book. It is well worth whatever price you pay for it!
Ndav
It's been fifteen years since "Battle Cry" first appeared -- and time has only enhanced its standing. The book is still the place to start for anyone seeking to understand the war era or, for that matter, anyone seeking to understand the sinews of American national identity. Some readers have taken issue with "Battle Cry"'s triumphant tone; recent books have tended to stress cynicism over affirmation. Still, McPherson's achievements here are legion. This new edition contains hundreds of impressive photographs -- most readers will delight in these, even if McPherson's original footnotes had to be cut in order to make room.
Abandoned Electrical
I was reading this book on my Kindle. The maps were impossible to see, so I found this one used with shipping around $11.00. The pictures and maps are very well done. As far as the book itself, nothing short of outstanding. It is very readable, easy to follow, and gives a sense of what it was like to live during this period. Personally, I enjoyed reading it on my Kindle. The feature "x-ray" makes the Kindle a viable reading tool.
Iarim
I bought this book as a gift for a civil war lover---He saw it at the library, loved it and wanted his own copy. It is a huge book and very nice quality. He loves it.
Gunos
One of the premier history of the American Civil War. Probablky if you own one book on the CW - this is it.
Bolv
An excellent and well-written book covering the Civil War era. Great illustrations, too. I'm impressed that Mr. McPherson wrote all the captions for the illustrations. I keep hoping it will be reprinted with new material for the 150th anniversary.
Leceri
If I could only read one book about The Civil War, this would be it.
Beautiful book. The definitive history of the War Between the States.

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