The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

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Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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6.06 X 9.29 X 1.42 inches | 1.95 pounds

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About the Author
Erik Larson is the author of six previous national bestsellers--The Splendid and the Vile, Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm--which have collectively sold more than ten million copies. His books have been published in nearly twenty countries.
"Larson, one of today's pre-eminent nonfiction storytellers, trawls a variety of archives to explore the historically momentous months between Abraham Lincoln's election and the Battle of Fort Sumter."--The New York Times

"Perhaps no other historian has ever rendered the struggle for Sumter in such authoritative detail as Larson does here. . . . Few historians, too, have done a better job of untangling the web of intrigues and counter-intrigues that helped provoke the eventual attack and surrender."--The Washington Post

"A feast of historical insight and narrative verve . . . Larson's great gift is his uncanny ability to spin a chronological story whose ending we already know--secession, rebellion, victory, emancipation and assassination--yet keep the narrative as crisp and suspenseful as an Anthony Horowitz suspense novel. . . . This is Erik Larson at his best, enlivening even a thrice-told tale into an irresistible thriller."--The Wall Street Journal

"The immediacy of the story in The Demon of Unrest--as well as on-the-ground reports from inside South Carolina's Fort Sumter, an early Union bulwark--lend the book vigor."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[Larson] brings a welcome novelist's sensibility to his writing. He has an eye for telling details, quick and potent character descriptions and a relentless narrative momentum."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A thoughtful account that also offers a sobering reminder of how humans often don't see a catastrophe coming until it's too late."--The Independent

"So many volumes have been written about the origins of the American Civil War that one might heave a sigh at the thought of yet another, but Larson has found a genuinely original way of telling the story--and storytelling, on the basis of serious research, is what he does well."--The Telegraph

"Engagingly written and fraught with tension . . . The Demon of Unrest will add to Larson's luster as one of the great historical-nonfiction writers of our time. . . . [A] literary masterwork."--National Review

"Erik Larson's latest book brings new life to an old war. The Demon of Unrest, [his] vivid depiction of the lead-up to the Civil War, is a masterclass in reportage and storytelling."--Garden and Gun

"An all-too-prescient tale of tension and tragedy, clashing egos, miscommunication, power, and betrayal."--People

"Even diehard Civil War aficionados will learn from [The Demon of Unrest]. . . . A riveting reexamination of a nation in tumult."--Los Angeles Times

"Twisty and cinematic . . . A mesmerizing and disconcerting look at an era when consensus dissolved into deadly polarization."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)