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Civil War: Brother Against Brother: The War Begins (Time-Life Books) Hardcover – Illustrated, 25 Oct 1984

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Time Life Education; illustrated edition edition (25 Oct. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809447002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809447008
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 23.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This first volume in the Time-Life series on The Civil War begins with at look at "The Two Americas" in a series of contemporary paintings of a nation about to tear itself apart. Chapter 1, "One Nation, Divisible," sets up the slavery issue, from the establishment of the Mason-Dixon line to the Compromise of 1850, ending with a gallery of the noted abolitionists of the day. Chapter 2, "The Avenging Angel," focuses on the life and legacy of John Brown. Chapter 3, "Lincoln of Illinois," explains how Lincoln came to be the nominee of the Republican Party and won the Presidential election of 1860. Chapter 4, "Storm over Sumter," details the first crisis of the Lincoln's new administration over the Federal fort in the middle of Charleston harbor. Chapter 5, "The Guns Have Spoken," relates the actual attack that started the Civil War.
In many regards this first volume by William C. Davis and the Editors of Time-Life Books is the most disappointing one in the series, simply because it necessarily glosses over the events leading to Fort Sumter. Trying to deal with Lincoln in a single chapter seems quite inadequate to the task, but then it is probably safe to assume the Civil War buffs reading these books know plenty on that particular subject. However, this book does set the tone for the series, including dozens of contemporary drawings, etchings, pamphlets, maps, photographs and the like to illustrate the text. Warning: if you read these books a lot they tend to come loose from the binding.
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By david a houston on 17 Feb. 2015
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gives a good grounding to the conflict very thorough
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you only read one book on the Civil War: this is it! 6 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I personally loved the book. I think it was very well written and contained many documented accounts of the war that I had not read before. I love statistics and the book contained a lot.
The book explains the battles in detail. The only way you would get a more complete accounting is to read a book devoted to a single battle.
I don't think you will make a mistake buying this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The first volume in the Time-Life series on The Civil War 10 Mar. 2001
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This first volume in the Time-Life series on The Civil War begins with at look at "The Two Americas" in a series of contemporary paintings of a nation about to tear itself apart. Chapter 1, "One Nation, Divisible," sets up the slavery issue, from the establishment of the Mason-Dixon line to the Compromise of 1850, ending with a gallery of the noted abolitionists of the day. Chapter 2, "The Avenging Angel," focuses on the life and legacy of John Brown. Chapter 3, "Lincoln of Illinois," explains how Lincoln came to be the nominee of the Republican Party and won the Presidential election of 1860. Chapter 4, "Storm over Sumter," details the first crisis of the Lincoln's new administration over the Federal fort in the middle of Charleston harbor. Chapter 5, "The Guns Have Spoken," relates the actual attack that started the Civil War. In many regards this first volume by William C. Davis and the Editors of Time-Life Books is the most disappointing one in the series, simply because it necessarily glosses over the events leading to Fort Sumter. Trying to deal with Lincoln in a single chapter seems quite inadequate to the task, but then it is probably safe to assume the Civil War buffs reading these books know plenty on that particular subject. However, this book does set the tone for the series, including dozens of contemporary drawings, etchings, pamphlets, maps, photographs and the like to illustrate the text. Warning: if you read these books a lot they tend to come loose from the binding.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The origins of the Civil War 25 May 2014
By James D. Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first in the Time-Life series on the Civil War, this book looks at what the root causes of the conflict. While slavery was the number one source of the conflict it was the second- and third-order of effects which led to the war. This book looks at slavery as a political, economic and social issue and puts into perspective how the United States practically evolved into two societies: Northern, progressive and outward-looking and Southern, traditional and inward-looking (my words).

Well-written, this book explains how slave-holding states became enamored to the principle of States Rights while free states tended towards a strong federal government. The book has chapters on the differences in America, John Brown, Lincoln, Fort Sumter and the first shots of the war. It does leave some middle space for discussion, however.

Well-illustrated with photos of artifacts, period photos and artwork. Includes sidebars on the two Americas, slavery, abolitionists, the Wide-Awakes, John Brown's Body and West Pointers at the Crossroads.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an amazing set of books! 23 April 2014
By Rita Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a die hard Civil War buff. I read a lot about it, and these Time-Life books are terrific. I have many of the ones they did on the old west, and just recently bought several of the ones about the Civil War. This one deals with the fact that it did in fact divide many families. I love the pictures and so much history you will be absorbed from the minute you start reading. I love them all!
Great book on Americs's bloodiest war. 4 July 2012
By History buff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Before it was over the American Civil War would take over 600,000 lives. More from disease than on the battlefield. This book covers many of the root causes of the war. It is well illustrated with drawings of the period as well as pictures of this early time of photography. There are many well documented accounts of the war as well. A good book for any Civil War buff.
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