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on 26 April 2017
Great graphics and scene setting for the novel "The Killer Angels"
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on 23 April 2017
Fantastic book bought as a gift,friend very pleased with it
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on 19 May 2017
An excellent book that is satisfying my fascination for USA and its history.
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on 16 May 2017
Very informative book at a great price.
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on 6 June 2017
Fine
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on 9 May 2011
This handsome volume arrives in timely fashion for the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. This is often regarded as the first 'Modern' war due to the new military technologies employed. It was also a conflict of senseless slaughter between the industrial North and the agrarian South. The issue of slavery was a political football and this book deals effectively with the reality of post civil war freedom for the African-American. The book provides full details on the social and political structure of the USA in the decades before the civil war and also the aftermath with the reconstruction of the country. Each chapter chronicles the progress of the war year by year with a useful timeline. It provides substrantial profiles of the key figures involved both military and political from both sides. There are also profiles of the brave men and women who advanced the causes of democracy for all and the science of medicine. All the major campaigns and battles are covered in detail along with arms and equipment. The book is a visual treat with maps, paintings and photographs of this great but terrible event that was very recent in America's history and certain issues of the time remain a source of political conflict to this day.
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on 24 March 2013
My interest is in history of all kinds and a "ready reckoner" of the details of significant world events, as opposed to a pure narrative, for me is extremely useful. The unfolding events of the American civil war are presented in this book as detailed individual events with their links before and after. This makes pertinant details of particular battles, personalities, politics etc very easy to find and relate to. Together with an enormous amount of photographs this book was exactly what I was looking for.
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on 22 June 2015
product came in a super condition
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on 4 September 2012
I am still working my way through this large format book as it is so full of information. Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. MacPherson is very comprehensive and one of the most recommendable books on this subject but this book is well up to the DK's standard of information and visual presentation and it is this latter aspect that helps to make it an essential purchase for those like me with a general interest in the subject.
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on 9 November 2011
If you're looking for just one book on the civil war then this could well be it, also great value too. Another fantastic book by DK.
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