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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 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.

Published 2/12/2020

VARON: Armies of Deliverance (2019)

By: Glenn David Brasher Category: Book Reviews

A review of Elizabeth R. Varon's "Armies of Deliverance," the Lincoln Prize–winning work that largely presents the war from the viewpoint of contemporaries experiencing the conflict as it unfolded before them.

Published 2/5/2020

McKENNA: British Blockade Runners in the American Civil War (2019)

By: J. Ross Dancy Category: Book Reviews

As Joseph McKenna shows in "British Blockade Runners in the American Civil War, the Union attempt to blockade over 3,500 miles of Confederate coastline was an immense undertaking that spread the U.S. Navy thinly.

Published 1/29/2020

KEITH: When It Was Grand (2020)

By: Allen C. Guelzo Category: Book Reviews

Radical Republicans have always been the most colorful of the party’s factions to chronicle, as evidenced in LeeAnna Keith's "When It Was Grand" ...

Published 1/22/2020

BROWN: Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America (2019)

By: Thomas R. Flagel Category: Book Reviews

"Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America" by Thomas J. Brown is one of the most comprehensive explorations on Civil War monuments to date.

Published 1/15/2020

KUTZLER: Living By Inches (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Evan Kutzler's "Living By Inches" shows that Robert Penn Warren was right; the Civil War is our 'felt' history.

Published 1/8/2020

HOLLOWAY & WHITE: 'Our Little Monitor' (2018)

By: Dwight Hughes Category: Book Reviews

Anna Gibson Holloway and Jonathan W. White's "Our Little Monitor" offers cutting-edge maritime archaeology and thorough historical research....

Published 1/1/2020

SCHAFF: Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy (2019)

By: Thomas A. Horrocks Category: Book Reviews

As Jon D. Schaff's "Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy" shows, there is no discernible slowdown in the publication of books on the sixteenth president.

Published 12/25/2019

THIBODEAU: Bicycling Gettysburg (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Sue Thibodeau's "Bicycling Gettysburg" encourages sightseers to temporarily ditch modern means of viewing the field in favor of traversing the south-central Pennsylvania countryside on a bike.

Published 12/18/2019

STOTELMYER: Too Useful to Sacrifice (2019)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

In Steven R. Stotelmyer's "Too Useful to Sacrifice," George B. McClellan has now received his day in court.