Here is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's unsurpassed account of the Civil War, one of the most moving chapters in American
history. Introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson, the book vividly traces the epic struggle between the Blue and Gray,
from the early division between the North and South to the final surrender of Confederate troops.
"Scholarly, judicious, clear, and unfailingly interesting." --New York Times
From Library Journal
American Heritage continues its tradition of captivating historical storytelling through readable narratives and hundreds of illustrations of
contemporary paintings, photographs, and maps many in color. The New History of the Civil War is a reissue of the second edition,
published by Viking in 1996, which updated the highly acclaimed classic The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War (1960).
Edited by McPherson (George Henry Davis Professor of American History, Princeton), it retains the style of the late Catton, known for
award-winning histories that engage readers in understanding why Northerners and Southerners became passionately embroiled in
America's deadliest war.
--Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State Coll.
"The Civil War is the thing that makes America different. It was our most tremendous experience, and it is not quite like anything that ever
happened to anyone else. The story of this was war needs retelling... because it helped to shape the future of the human race."
"The battles, the courage, the generals, and the sheer drama of putting brother against brother continue to fascinate readers... A treat for
any buff on your list."
"Interest in the Civil War seems never to wane... This may prove to be the last word both visually (picture on almost every one of 600
pages) and textually."
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Highly readable and visually entertaining... Hundreds of new photographs, sketches, color paintings, and cartoons, many of which are
published here for the first time... Few works on the war can compare to this one as an introduction and overview of the war in all its
complexity. Politics and social issues, civilians and soldiers, campaigns and skirmishes, all appear in the reissued book as art and history."