The Civil War Awakening

eBook - 2011
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As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, historian Adam Goodheart presents an original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307596666
Characteristics: 1 online resource (481 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Civil War awakening


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Nov 30, 2018

The Civil War looms large in national myth and, after reading a novel about Gettysburg, I realized I hadn't read any significant histories of the war. While "1861," which deals with the early days of the war, seemed like a good place to start, it left me unsatisfied. There are a lot of tangents and a lot of sketches of important figures that, while interesting, don't feel particularly relevant. There's little arc to the history, and I got bored quickly. It's subtitled "The Civil War Awakening," but it might just put you to sleep.

Dec 12, 2016

Well-considered in his historical approach, and very good sense of local narrative. The book is better read as a collection of historical short stories, however - the overall narrative intent of the author is not obvious until the final pages, and his biases not really acknowledged.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

Adam Goodheart has a true gift for sharing the personalities, motivations, and inevitable tragedies of long-dead political figures. I read this book weeks ago, and still not a day goes by when I don't think of poor Elmer Ellsworth.


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