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 6/19/2019

SAINLAUDE: France and the American Civil War (2019)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...a marvelous book that contains fascinating analysis about French diplomacy...demonstrates how historians have too long made France into a junior partner of Great Britain.

Published 6/12/2019

SCHLOTTERBECK (et al., eds.): James Riley Weaver's Civil War (2019)

By: Carolyn Levy Category: Book Reviews

Weaver's writings provide rare insight into the complexities of the prisoner of war experience.

Published 6/5/2019

HORWITZ: Spying on the South (2019)

By: Christopher Gwinn Category: Book Reviews

We have lost a singular voice in the field of popular history.

Published 5/29/2019

MILLER: North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession (2019)

By: Stephen Edwards Category: Book Reviews

Reveals a new perspective on pro-Union southerners....draws sensible conclusions from the evidence it uses.

Published 5/22/2019

HOOD: The Army of Tennessee in Retreat (2018)

By: Robert Glaze Category: Book Reviews

On December 16, 1864, Union General George Thomas accomplished a goal that Civil War field commanders found to be unobtainable: the climactic destruction of an enemy army.

Published 5/15/2019

LONGACRE: Custer (2018)

By: Daniel Davis Category: Book Reviews

Longacre has breathed new life into Custer's career...

Published 5/8/2019

HESS: Fighting for Atlanta (2018)

By: Andrew S. Bledsoe Category: Book Reviews

Hess' insightful and fascinating study will remain the standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future.

Published 5/1/2019

MARTIN: A Fierce Glory (2018)

By: Kevin Pawlak Category: Book Reviews

...a fast-flowing narrative that will keep the attention of seasoned Civil War readers and the general public alike.

Published 4/24/2019

ROBERTSON: River of Death (2018)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

An authoritative analysis of how the rigors of campaigning affected command decisions and the experiences of common soldiers alike.

Published 4/17/2019

SELBY: Meade: The Price of Command, 1863-1865 (2018)

By: Jennifer M. Murray Category: Book Reviews

An important account of Meade's tenure as commander of the Army of the Potomac.