Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £9.35

Save £7.64 (45%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by [McPherson, James M.]
Kindle App Ad

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) 1st , Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

See all 13 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Kindle Edition, 11 Dec 2003
£9.35

40 Kindle Books for £1
Browse our selection of Kindle Books discounted to £1 each. Learn more
Get a £1 reward for movies or TV
Enjoy a £1.00 reward to spend on movies or TV on Amazon Video when you purchase any Amazon Kindle Book from the Kindle Store (excluding Kindle Unlimited, Periodicals and free Kindle Books) offered by Amazon.co.uk. A maximum of 1 reward per customer applies. UK customers only. Offer ends at 23:59 on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Terms and conditions apply


Product description

Review

what will surely become the standard one-volume history of the great conflict which forged America as a united nation. Godfrey Hodgson, The Independent _

probably the best single-volume history of America's Civil War yet written. (The Economist)

Book Description

A sweeping account of the USA's most turbulent decades

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7800 KB
  • Print Length: 946 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (11 Dec. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002NXOQLQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


Customer reviews

Top customer reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is probably the best one volume book on the Civil War out there. There is never a dull moment. McPherson's writing style is quick, clear, and easy to read. He truly brings to life that feeling of utter division that was the Civil War and one wonders how the country ever healed and how it has become so united. The idea that Americans would place allegiance to their states over the national governement seems so utterly foreign now, it amazes me to think how so much has changed since those days.

There does seem to be some confusion about the purpose of the book. It was actually written as part of a greater series "The Oxford History of the United States." It covers the Civil War era, not just the war itself, and covers about twenty years from 1847-1865. It is impossible to undestand what the Civil War was without understanding the background, so I fail to understand the complaints of some reviewers that the war only shows up after about 300 or so pages. It is a thoroughly detailed review of the major causes of the Civil War and if you don't understand it after reading this book, you never will. It is clear and concise.

I really believe that any student of American histroy must read this book. It's beautifully written and worth the time it takes you to plow through it. There are extensive notes so readers can investigate fully various subjects of the book. Highly recommended.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
At first sight, this can be a daunting book; at nearly a thousand pages, it is a weighty tome. I knew very little about the American Civil War, and thought it about time to remedy that; after a bit of research, this volume seemed to fit the bill. Firstly, it's important to state that this book is NOT simply a military history of the conflict, although it naturally covers all the campaigns, battles and leading military figures. This is much more; it spends as much time explaining the lead up to the war, as it does the war itself. For me, not knowing a lot about American history in the nineteenth century, this proved fascinating, and necessary. I learnt a huge amount about the origin and mindset of various traditions and factions in America and some elements came as a complete surprise. Without this background, the war itself would have seemed a bit of a mystery.
The writing is always engaging, with enough detail to satisfy, without getting bogged down. The main personalities are well handled, with plenty of first- and second-hand testimony. My only real criticism is that the maps really should have been re-done for the Kindle version, as they are virtually useless (unfortunately this is a common complaint in many history books).
The American Civil War is the most written about event in American history, and many elements are still widely disputed and debated in the States today. As a non-American, I think this book makes an excellent, apparently objective, introduction to the subject.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are interested in History, American history or The American Civil War this is a book you should not miss. It is an astonishing piece of scholarship based upon extensive research and extremely well written.

It starts with the decade prior to the Civil War ( 1850-1860 ) and reviews the religious, cultural, financial and economic norms of American society. You need this background to really understand the civil war. Some of the southern beliefs are beyond belief. For Example: from the perspective of the white privileged southern classes “ Slavery was a gift from God specifically for their benefit”, and the southern economy ran on the basis: You buy slaves to grow cotton to make a profit so you can buy more slaves to make even more cotton etc, and round and round you go.

During the decade the political posturing continued until opposing sides almost slid into war with the initial confrontation at Fort Sumter. The war then rolled on through the battle at Shiloh, the battle of Seven Days and on through numerous smaller battles to the Armageddon of Gettysburg and on to the final blood soaked finale of 1864 and 1865.

This is history in the raw not a Lee Child novel. It is compulsive but harrowing reading. Readers are introduced to all the major players from both politics and the military, and to the appalling concept of the political general, where a politician devoid of military knowledge could be promoted to the rank of general and then put in charge of soldiers’ lives.

The current civil war in Syria, we are told has cost about 250,000 lives during the first five years of the war. In the American Civil War the military losses were estimated at about 620,000 in a similar period and this figure excluded civilians.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the book you should read if you're looking for a single volume on the American.civil war. It documents the events which led up to the war all the way through to General Lee's surrender.
The book was excellent for me because, although 956 pages, I learnt all I want to know on a subject where entire books are dedicated to single battles.
The author is light handed, and doesn't let his own opinions distort his version of events; which is always a positive in a historical tome. He also does a thorough job on describing all the main protagonists in depth; and the roguish elements of the war too. Highly recommended for those like me, who only want to read a single volume on the subject.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews

click to open popover

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?