The Bookshelf

The digital home of book reviews and author interviews—and your source of the most up-to-date information on all things Civil War literature

Published 8/5/2020

TUCKER: Newest Born of Nations (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

"Newest Born of Nations" by Ann L. Tucker makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of how white southerners conceptualized themselves before and during the Civil War.

Published 7/29/2020

LUNDBERG: Horace Greeley (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Most students of nineteenth century America regard Horace Greeley as a political chameleon.

Published 7/22/2020

LANCE: In The Waves (2020)

By: J. Ross Dancy Category: Book Reviews

Rachel Lances's "In The Waves" is wholly convincing ... a compelling narrative that is easily accessible to a general audience.

Published 7/15/2020

WOODS: Arguing Until Doomsday (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Michael E. Woods' "Arguing Until Doomsday" is one of the most engaging and accessible histories of the pre-Civil War Democratic Party to date.

Published 7/8/2020

WOODWORTH & GREAR (eds.): Vicksburg Besieged (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

The contributors to "Vicksburg Besieged" supply welcome new perspectives on a pivotal moment in Civil War history.

Published 7/1/2020

NELSON: The Three-Cornered War (2020)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

In "The Three-Cornered War," Megan Kate Nelson accomplishes the rare feat of providing a new perspective on the Civil War...

Published 6/24/2020

WOLZ: Grand Army Women (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Robert J. Wolz recalls the work of postwar northern women’s organizations in "Grand Army Women."

Published 6/17/2020

MINGUS & WINGERT: Targeted Tracks (2019)

By: Jason Tercha Category: Book Reviews

"Targeted Tracks" tells the Civil War story of the Cumberland Valley Railroad....

Published 6/10/2020

RICHARDSON: How the South Won the Civil War (2020)

By: Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders Category: Book Reviews

Heather Cox Richardson's "How the South Won the War" advances the field of Civil War studies and Civil War memory beyond the history of commemoration....

Published 6/3/2020

BARNEY: Rebels in the Making (2020)

By: Melissa DeVelvis Category: Book Reviews

"Rebels in the Making" by William A. Barney is a recommended, in-depth primer to secession for academics and classrooms alike.