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History of the Civil War, 1861-1865

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James Ford Rhodes' comprehensive account of the Civil War, spanning from 1861 to 1865, is a meticulously researched and well-written examination of one of the most tumultuous periods in American history. Rhodes delves into the political, social, and military aspects of the conflict, offering readers a detailed overview of the key events and figures that shaped the outcome of the war.

One of the strengths of Rhodes' book is his impartiality and scholarly approach to the subject matter. He presents a balanced view of the Civil War, highlighting the complexities and nuances of the conflict without succumbing to bias or oversimplification. Rhodes also provides insightful analysis of the strategies and tactics employed by both the Union and Confederate forces, shedding light on the military dynamics that ultimately determined the course of the war.

Additionally, Rhodes' narrative is engaging and accessible, making the book a valuable resource for both casual readers and scholars alike. His prose is clear and concise, allowing readers to easily follow the progression of events and understand the motivations driving the actions of key players in the war.

Overall, History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 is a comprehensive and engaging account of a pivotal moment in American history. With its thorough research, nuanced analysis, and engaging prose, James Ford Rhodes' book is a must-read for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the Civil War and its lasting impact on the United States.

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Superbly written, this overview of the Civil War, won a Pulitzer Prize in History in 1918. Rhodes covers not only the battles and the generals of the war but gives us a good deal of insight into the politics, economics, international relations and the strategy/thinking of the times. When at times he brings forth an opinion it is clearly stated, so as not to be confused with the facts. Comprehensive and enjoyable, you will find this History of the Civil War both illuminating and captivating.

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