The Civil War: The Complete Text of the Bestselling Narrative History of the Civil War--Based on the Celebrated PBS Television Series

The Civil War: The Complete Text of the Bestselling Narrative History of the Civil War--Based on the Celebrated PBS Television Series

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Overview

"The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things.... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads: the suffering, the enormous tragedy of the whole thing."- Shelby Foote, from The Civil War

  When the illustrated edition of The Civil War was first published, The New York Time hailed it as "a treasure for the eye and mind." Now Geoffrey Ward's magisterial work of history is available in a text-only edition that interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through the cataclysmic trial of our nationhood: not just Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Robert E. Lee, but genteel Southern ladies and escaped slaves, cavalry officers and common foot soldiers who fought in Yankee blue and Rebel gray.

     The Civil War also includes essays by our most distinguished historians of the era: Don E. Fehrenbacher, on the war's origins; Barbara J. Fields, on the freeing of the slaves; Shelby Foote, on the war's soldiers and commanders; James M. McPherson, on the political dimensions of the struggle; and C. Vann Woodward, assessing the America that emerged from the war's ashes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679755432
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1994
Series: Vintage Civil War Library Series
Edition description: TV TIE IN
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 592,605
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey C. Ward is the author Before the Trumpet: The Young Franklin Roosevelt and A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. A former editor of American Heritage, Ward has also written a number of documentary films for public television, including The Civil War, Huey Long, The West, and Thomas Hart Benton (all with Florentine Films). He is a frequent contributor to Audubon, MHQ, Smithsonian, and other magazines.

Ken Burns, founder of Florentine Films, is one of the most celebrated documentary filmmakers working today.  He has produced and directed a number of award-winning films, including Huey Long, Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, The Shakers, The Congress, and Thomas Hart Benton. He was a producer, director, cinematographer, and co-writer of the PBS series The Civil War.

Ric Burns is a producer and writer of The Civil War and was educated at Columbia and Cambridge universities.  He is currently producing and directing a documentary history of Coney Island.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel this book was misrepresented on the review purchase page. Where are all the photographs and maps which were refered to. That was a major selling point which infuenced my purchase, I certainly feel cheated with this purchase. I love my Nook but occassionally we are getting Took!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It is comprehensive and well written. The photos enhance the subject matter. I have read other texts which have been interesting, yet harder to go through. This textbook covers the subject matter in a commendable manner. The material is enhanced by actual individual accounts of the war. The read was fast-paced, I could not put the book down. I definitely would highly recommend this text to all interested in the history of the Civil War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The way the book is laid out is great. It has a lot of detailed information. There are a lot of really great pictures and illustrations. I love the brown/tin-type photos in real color rather than basic black and white. I highly recommend this book for any history lover, especially an avid Civil War buff like myself!
chellinsky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The American Civil War is one of those things we concentrated on (repeatedly) in my K-12 education, but I haven't thought much about it since then. I bought this book when it first came out in paperback and I was a freshman in High School on a camping trip in Gettysburg. It took me twelve years to open it. However, this book, based on the Ken Burns PBS documentary on the Civil War from the 1990s, reminded me of what I had forgotten over the years (or never learned because I wasn't paying attention).Without going into excessive detail, the authors walk the reader through the Civil War from its political beginnings through the last battles. Although I missed the depth I've come to expect from history books, I felt this was an excellent primer for someone looking to learn more about the American Civil War elsewhere. It help me comprehend and realign the fragments left from my earlier education.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The excellent companion to the inspiring PBS documentary.
samfsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent book of Civil War era photographs. The companion volume to the PBS series.
boeflak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nothing is as good as Ken Burns PBS documentary, but this book, upon which much of the film was based, is as good an alternative as you'll find.
drruth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book that accompanied the award-winning PBS documentary. Filled with magnificent photographs, this book does a good job of covering a complex event of enormous scope.
JDR80 More than 1 year ago
This book was easy to read and in sensible order. Not a lot of confusing descriptions of troop movements and numbers. The pictures are very crisp and animations were smooth. It also has a lot of information on lesser known "common" soldiers and nurses.
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Very interesting book. Good read and the pictures help you connect with the actual people of the time. I also was unable to scroll past page 3. There seems to be a glitch in the program at that point. But all you have to do is pull up the bar at the bottom of the page and type in go to page 4 or whatever page you want. The program will take you to that page and you will be able to scroll forward from there.
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Hugh Hendrix More than 1 year ago
This book does not work. You only can get to page #3. Barnes&Noble provides suggestion to fix that do not work.
Jeannie A Moseler More than 1 year ago
First post about this issue was August 2 - it is now August 17th and it still doesn't work -what's up with this B&N?
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