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 4/22/2020

DOMBY: The False Cause (2020)

By: Amy Laurel Fluker Category: Book Reviews

A thoroughly engaging read, Adam Domby's "The False Cause" exposes the outrageous falsehoods that underpinned the Lost Cause.

Published 4/15/2020

FLOTOW: In Their Letters, In Their Words (2019)

By: Kathleen Thompson Category: Book Reviews

Editor Mark Flotow’s "In Their Letters, In Their Words" is a valuable read for those interested an the on-the-ground perspective of the war.

Published 4/8/2020

BARREYRE: Gold and Freedom (2015)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

In "Gold and Freedom," Nicolas Barreyre seeks to broaden the scope, geographic as well as temporal, of Reconstruction.

Published 4/1/2020

STARRETT: Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder (2019)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

In "Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder and the Civil War," Ryan Starrett has produced an excellent, if limited local history...

Published 3/25/2020

CROWE: Caught in the Maelstrom (2019)

By: Carrie Fudickar Category: Book Reviews

Clint Crowe's "Caught in the Maelstrom" shows that the Indian Territory is a fertile field for future research....

Published 3/18/2020

INSKEEP: Imperfect Union (2020)

By: Shae Smith Cox Category: Book Reviews

In "Imperfect Union," Steve Inskeep focuses his attention on telling an enticing story...

Published 3/11/2020

GERARD: The Last Battleground (2019)

By: Steven E. Nash Category: Book Reviews

In "The Last Battleground," Philip Gerard tries to bring the reader along on his journey...to learn about some of the lives touched by the Civil War in North Carolina.

Published 3/4/2020

MILLER: Vicksburg (2019)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Donald L. Miller's "Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy" is marked by impeccable prose anchored by a staggering amount of archival research and an impressive grasp of relevant historiography line every page.

Published 2/26/2020

BORDEWICH: Congress at War (2020)

By: Nicole Etcheson Category: Book Reviews

Fergus M. Bordewich's "Congress at War" is engagingly written and will be welcomed by a popular audience as well as scholars.

Published 2/19/2020

WILLIAMS: Rebel Guerrillas (2018)

By: Scott Thompson Category: Book Reviews

In "Rebel Guerrillas," Paul Williams studies three of the Confederate Army's most prominent irregular warriors.