The Civil War
A Concise Account by a Noted Southern Historian
Military History - Civil War
5.5 x 8.5, 144 pp.
34 maps
Pub Date: 12/15/2005
Price:        $12.95


Published by State House Press

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The Civil War

A Concise Account by a Noted Southern Historian

By Grady McWhiney

For nearly half a century, Grady McWhiney has stood in the foremost ranks of Civil War historians, receiving numerous honors and helping prepare a new generation of historians to carry on the task of understanding and interpreting the Civil War. Here, McWhiney presents a concise narrative that, says fellow historian John C. Waugh, "is comprehensive but still sings."

Says Eugene Genovese: "Grady McWhiney provides a responsible, judicious, well-balanced guide to the principal issues and personalities of America's most painful period." McWhiney's book, he suggests, "is a corrective to prevalent textbook biases and deserves wide classroom use."

William C. Davis adds, "The Civil War is not designed to be the last word on the experience and the era, but it contains virtually all of the first words needed to give a reader a considerable familiarity in a remarkably short time."

The Civil War stands on its own as a supplemental text or a quick read, but it also is a natural companion to 20 Good Reasons to Study the Civil War by John C. Waugh, published last year by McWhiney Foundation Press and available in paperback.

GRADY McWHINEY needs no introduction to readers of Civil War history. A distinguished writer, historian, teacher, and philanthropist, his career has spanned more than fifty years. His many publications include the highly regarded (and debated) Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South, Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage, and Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee (McWhiney Foundation Press). He is in great demand as a scholar, speaker, and authority on Southern and Civil War history. McWhiney is also the founder of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, headquartered at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he currently resides.

What Readers Are Saying:

"McWhiney's brief treatment of the war is a judicious, well-balanced work that will well serve any high school American history class, as well as readers who desire a more brief introduction to a history of the war. Highly recommended for all high school and public libraries." --Review of Texas Books

". . . a fast-paced yet factually packed history." --Barton A. Myers

". . . an invaluable compendium . . . very strongly recommended, . . . [an] informative study not found elsewhere." --Midwest Book Review

"Scholarly as well as entertaining, this small volume packs a tremendous amount of information in a remarkably small number of words. We hope that schools will add this to their recommended reading lists." --The Rebel Rouser

"Beginning with the observation, '. . . there were no united states in 1787,' Grady McWhiney offers a condensed account of the Civil War that goes far beyond that of a simple military history. He focuses on the most basic political, social, and economic factors that led to and determined the outcome of the most costly war to occur on American soil. All the while, McWhiney highlights the debates surrounding slavery as well as the regional differences that existed even before the time when there were no United States." --Civil War Book Review

"A well-written and comprehensive, summary history of the U.S. from the 1820s through Reconstruction, with a natural focus on the Civil War . . . a valuable read." --The NYMAS Review

"Intended to reach a general readership, this book avoids being overly academic in its presentation. . . . making it a well-rounded summarized presentation of the American Civil War." --Br. Benet Exton

". . . an authoritative, to-the-point summary." --Military Trader


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