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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
 
 

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) [Kindle Edition]

James M. McPherson
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Published in 1988 to universal acclaim, this single-volume treatment of the Civil War quickly became recognized as the new standard in its field. James M. McPherson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for this book, impressively combines a brisk writing style with an admirable thoroughness. He covers the military aspects of the war in all of the necessary detail, and also provides a helpful framework describing the complex economic, political, and social forces behind the conflict. Perhaps more than any other book, this one belongs on the bookshelf of every Civil War buff.

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Published in 1988 to universal acclaim, this single-volume treatment of the Civil War quickly became recognized as the new standard in its field. James M. McPherson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for this book, impressively combines a brisk writing style with an admirable thoroughness. He covers the military aspects of the war in all of the necessary detail, and also provides a helpful framework describing the complex economic, political, and social forces behind the conflict. Perhaps more than any other book, this one belongs on the bookshelf of every Civil War buff.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 14875 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 946 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press, USA (25. Februar 1988)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002NXOQLQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you only read one book about the Civil War 18. Juli 2000
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make it this one.
I read this book after having read two other books on the Battle of Gettysburg. I found that I wanted to know more about the circumstances surrounding that battle, the situation of the two armies, the generals, the politicians, and the state of the economies of the two sides engaged. But I was daunted by the plethora of information on the American Civil War. I had no desire to immerse myself in some three or four volume 2000-page work because, aside from believing myself unable to keep everything in perspective and not to get bogged down in minutiae, I reasoned that plain laziness and attention span problems would keep me from ever finishing anything like that. Plus I had to admit that it was the battles that interested me the most, and I despaired of having to read a separate book or two on each of the dozens of battles that are considered "major" during those four years.
Then I found this book: a single volume that encompasses the entire conflict from its military and political antecedents to the economic and sociological ingredients that forced the Union to enter into a war that would change forever the face of democracy. And this book did not give short shrift to the battles. To the contrary, the battles remain central and are accompanied by helpful maps.
I took a chance on this book and now that I have finished it I have to say that it is all that I could have hoped for.
Battle Cry of Freedom does what would appear to be the impossible: it includes virtually everything of consequence about the war and continues to hold the reader's interest. There are periods, especially when delving into some of the voting and politicking, the changes of party affiliations, voting data, etc., that get somewhat tedious.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An outstanding account of the American Civil War 15. Juli 2000
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In 'Battle Cry of Freedom' James M. McPherson has written an account of the American Civil War that is stunning and simply outstanding. His grasp of the subject matter is so complete that if I had to suggest just one Civil War history to a friend this book would be it.
The strength of this book is in the balanced approach it presents. There are plenty of books that are either pro-confederate and pro-union. We all have an internal bias and thus particular books will appeal at particular times. If you want a biased stance then 'Battle Cry' is not the one for you. There is no moralising in this book, no great ethical debates that must by their nature get in the way of the subject. It is both refreshing and attractive that McPherson presents the facts in a clear and objective manner. However, 'Battle Cry' is no dusty acedemic text, rather there is an intense passion within its pages that will make you stay up late at night wanting to read more.
McPherson has attempted and indeed suceeded in presenting so much more than an account of the battles of the war - he skillfully merges politics, the social and the economical and of course military history. The result is an overview that sweeps the reader before it. What I found particularly useful was the account of events leading up to the war. The chapters exploring the nature of the American people and their country before the war offered a detailed grounding from which the actual conflict could be viewed and thus analysed.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to you. As a piece of historical writing it is without doubt excellent, but as a piece of Civil War historical writing it is of the highest order.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rally 'round the book, boys! 10. März 1998
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Renowned author and historian James M. McPherson surely took upon himself no easy task when writing this comprehensive one-volume history of the Civil War, but his effort richly paid off. The bestselling "Battle Cry of Freedom" earned Mr. McPherson a Pulitzer Prize for good reason; it is an outstanding contribution to the ambitious "Oxford History of the United States" series and to Civil War historiography as a whole. In subtitling this volume "The Civil War Era", the author makes it clear that his treatment of the War Between the States goes beyond the military conflict which began at Fort Sumter and ended at Appomattox. The first 30% of the book discusses in detail the various economic, social, and political conflicts which were already dividing our nation long before the secession crisis of 1860-1861; these conflicts reappear later in the book as they affected the conduct of the war on both sides. In addition to thorough descriptions of military operations, the reader is treated to poignant, yet balanced, character studies of the war's major players plus contemporary accounts from both the battle and home fronts. For the prospective Civil War enthusiast, I consider "Battle Cry of Freedom" a most appropriate book for starters.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Personal Bias Taints Scholarly Work 31. Juli 1998
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It is indeed a shame that James McPherson allowed his anti-southern bias from ruining what would otherwise have been a masterful book. He forgets that he was commissioned to write an unbiased account of the Civil War, not an indictment of the antebellum southern states. That McPherson is an undisputed scholar cannot be disputed. His book demonstrates an incredible command of the facts surrounding the people and events of the Civil War. Unfortunately, his personal views deny him the same depth of insight into the attitudes of those people. After devoting the first part of the book to the confluence of many social, economic, and political forces shaping the development of our country prior to the war, McPherson then ignores them all and lays the entire war at the doorstep of slavery!
Anyone who has studied the Civil War and, more importantly, the attitudes of the combatants, knows that two million soldiers and an entire nation did not go to war to free the slaves. ! Very few southerners actually owned slaves and even fewer were inclined to fight for the institution. Similarly, the northern soldiers fought for the preservation of the union, not the freedom of the black man, about whom they knew little and cared less. Undoubtedly, slavery was an important issue (and I certainly do not condone it), but it was one of many factors which combined to bring the country to war. To mislead the uninformed reader into believing that the south went to war solely to preserve slavery is intellectually irresponsible and personally insulting.
McPherson was entrusted to write an objective history of the war and its origins. He breeched his fiduciary duty by superimposing his personal bias upon historical fact. Hopefully, the discerning student will know the difference.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent
Very well written, gripping; good balance between what, how and why. Good analysis of beliefs and motivations of main actors, particularly Lincoln. Lesen Sie weiter...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sadly bites off more than it can chew
In many ways this book is amazing. It's depth and scope are astonishing but - at the same time - and ironically, the very things that make it amazing end up being its downfall. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. November 2010 von Gordon Charles Ros
5.0 von 5 Sternen Lesen Sie das englischsprachige Original
Literatur über militärische Sachverhalte zu schreiben ist für Laien (wie man an der aktuellen Presse leicht nachvollziehen kann) schwierig. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Dezember 2001 von "groebnerm"
5.0 von 5 Sternen History as it should be told
The opening lines of th is work on the civil war are the following sentences: "On the morning of September 14, 1847, brilliant sunshine burned off the haze in Mexico City. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2000 von bradley
5.0 von 5 Sternen Best one-volume work on the Civil War
This is easily the best one-volume work on the Civil War and is better than many two and three volume works. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2000 von Tom Robinson
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best Civil War Book Of All Time
I just finished re-reading this book (first time was in college), and I remembered why I liked it so much. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2000 von Chad Spivak
5.0 von 5 Sternen US BLOODIEST WAR EXPLAINED WITH GREAT CLARITY
More American soldiers died in this war THAN IN ALL OF OUR OTHER WARS COMBINED! The total is over 600,000!. This does not include civilian casualties. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2000 von Ilene Skeen
5.0 von 5 Sternen The best single-volume history of the Civil War
James McPherson's BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM is, simply put, the greatest single volume of Civil War history yet written. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Prize Winning Chronicle!
James McPherson's has doen a beautiful job in weaving together the entire Civil War and putting it all down in an easily understandable format. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2000 von Scott Anderson
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent one volume history
McPherson has succeeded in writing the best single volume history to date of the Civil War. His treatment of the economic and social conditions prior to the war are lucid and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2000 von John C. Mckee
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