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