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Best Civil War Books That Will Hook You

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Civil War books.

1. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (2003)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouFilled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War.James McPherson’s fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox. Packed with drama and analytical insight, the book vividly recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War–the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown’s…
Author(s): James M. McPherson

2. The Coming Civil War (2018)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouWar is coming. The first skirmishes are already being fought. The crisis America faces is between two incompatible visions of the future, and a nation sharply divided between them. Will we become this diverse beacon of tolerance where we forget our past and embrace socialism and political correctness? Or, will we stand for our traditional beliefs, values, liberty, and sovereign government as free citizens our Founders did? Between these two paths, it becomes clearer each day no happy compromise exists to be reached, and as the arguments become more heated and the fights spill into the street,…
Author(s): Tom Kawczynski

3. The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters (2017)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouMore than 140 years ago, Mark Twain observed that the Civil War had “uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations.” In fact, five generations have passed, and Americans are still trying to measure the influence of the immense fratricidal conflict that nearly tore the nation apart. In The War that Forged a Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning…
Author(s): James M. McPherson

4. Civil War II (2017)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouWhen a new Inhuman named Ulysses emerges with uncanny precognitive powers, Earth’s protectors must wrestle with the dramatic consequences. And when one of Ulysses’ visions leads to tragedy, an old friendship reaches a breaking point over a devastating loss as longtime teammates Captain Marvel and Iron Man fi nd themselves at odds. What does it mean to be a hero? Is it right to act now on crimes yet to be committed? Do the ends justify the means? And how reliable is Ulysses’ gift? As Avengers, X-Men, Inhumans, Spider-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy and more stand divided…
Author(s): Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez

5. Civil War Volumes 1-3 Box Set (1986)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouFoote’s comprehensive history of the Civil War includes three compelling volumes: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian, and Red River to Appomattox. Collected together in a handsome boxed set, this is the perfect gift for any Civil War buff. Fort Sumter to Perryville “Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters.” —Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News “Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War, as thousands of Americans apparently do, will go through this volume with pleasure…. Years…
Author(s): ShelFoote

6. Civil War (2007)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouThe landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse. #15,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #76 in Marvel Comics & Graphic Novels #151 in Superhero Comics & Graphic Novels #5 in Comic Books Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Mark Millar, Steve McNiven

7. The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (2016)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouIn The American War, renowned historians Gary W. Gallagher and Joan Waugh provide a fresh examination of the Civil War, its aftermath, and enduring memory in a masterful work that prize-winning historian William C. Davis calls, “easily the best one-volume assessment of the Civil War to date.”Nothing had prepared Americans for the fury that ensued when eleven slaveholding states seceded and formed the Confederacy in 1860-1861. Four years of fighting claimed more than 1.4 million casualties, directly affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians, and freed four…
Author(s): Gary W. Gallagher, Joan Waugh

8. The Civil War (American Heritage Books) (2004)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook You Introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the North and the South to the final surrender of Confederate troops. Catton’s account of battles is a must-read for anyone interested in the war that divided America, carefully weaving details about the political activities of the Union and Confederate armies and diplomatic efforts overseas. #125,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #206 in American Civil War Biographies (Books)…
Author(s): Bruce Catton

9. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era) (2017)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouCharles Dew’s Apostles of Disunion has established itself as a modern classic and an indispensable account of the Southern states’ secession from the Union. Addressing topics still hotly debated among historians and the public at large more than a century and a half after the Civil War, the book offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were at the heart of our great national crisis. The fifteen years since the original publication of Apostles of Disunion have seen an intensification of debates surrounding the Confederate…
Author(s): Charles B. Dew

10. The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide: More than 500 Sites from Gettysburg to Vicksburg (Second Edition) (2016)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouThe definitive guidebook for Civil War tourists, from the novice historian to the die-hard buff For those who can’t resist trying to see it all, this indispensable book contains information on and reviews of almost 450 historical sites across the United States related to the Civil War, including all 384 of the principal battlefields listed by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission. Every entry includes an in-depth overview of the history of the battle and its importance to the war, the must-see places at each site, as well as lodging and other travel information. Outlining ten suggested itineraries for short road trips that cover every…
Author(s): Michael Weeks

11. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (2012)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouThe story of the Confederate States of America, the proslavery, antidemocratic nation created by white Southern slaveholders to protect their property, has been told many times in heroic and martial narratives. Now, however, Stephanie McCurry tells a very different tale of the Confederate experience. When the grandiosity of Southerners’ national ambitions met the harsh realities of wartime crises, unintended consequences ensued. Although Southern statesmen and generals had built the most powerful slave regime in the Western world, they had excluded the majority of their own…
Author(s): Stephanie McCurry

12. The Civil War: The Story of the War with Maps (2014)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouFor readers addicted to histories or novels about the Civil War, a common challenge is the lack of adequate maps. This excellent volume satisfies that need, once and for all: It’s the clearest, fullest collection of strategic and tactical maps available, a fine volume on its own and an indispensable aid to understanding many another book. Few works truly are ‘must-haves’ for a Civil War collection, but this one’s essential. –Ralph Peters, author of Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or RichmondThe Civil War: The Story of the War with Maps combines the colorful, detailed maps of an atlas with the vivid…
Author(s): David M. Detweiler

13. No Flinching From Fire: The 65th New York Volunteer Infantry in the American Civil War (2019)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouThe 65th NY Volunteer infantry, trained in New York during the summer and arriving in Washington, D.C. in September 1861, saw action in most of the key battles fought by the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War. First fighting at a small skirmish at Lewinsville that very month, the regiment went on to fight at Fair Oaks/Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, and Fredericksburg in 1862. Playing a key role in the Chancellorsville campaign, marching 36 miles as part of the epic Sixth Corps march to Gettysburg, and finishing 1863 as part of the successful assault at Rappahannock…
Author(s): Christopher Barry

14. The Causes of the Civil War (Debating American History Series) (2019)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouEmbracing an argument-based model for teaching history, the Debating American History series encourages students to participate in a contested, evidence-based discourse about the human past. Each book poses a question that historians debate–How democratic was the U.S. Constitution? or Why did civil war erupt in the United States in 1861?–and provides abundant primary sources so that students can make their own efforts at interpreting the evidence. They can then use that analysis to construct answers to the big question that frames the debate and argue in support of their position.The…
Author(s): Joel M. Sipress, David J. Voelker

15. Civil War On Sunday (Magic Tree House #21) (2000)

 Best Civil War Books That Will Hook YouThe #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Cannon fire! That’s what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time yet—and the one that will make the most difference to their own lives! Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer…
Author(s): Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca

Best Civil War Books That Will Hook You

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Ethnic Apocalypse: The Coming European Civil War

Author(s): Guillaume Faye
ID: 2440869, Publisher: Arktos Media Ltd., Year: 5 July 2019, Size: 1020 Kb, Format: epub

None Died in Vain: The Saga of the American Civil War

Author(s): Robert Leckie
ID: 2438092, Publisher: HarperCollins, Year: 25 Sept 2001, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War

Author(s): Giles Tremlett
ID: 2788945, Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Year: 2021, Size: 8 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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