The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis

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7.6 X 9.2 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of more than forty books on the Civil War and its memory.
For decades the Civil War has had no more insightful or thought-provoking commentator than Gary W. Gallagher, and The Enduring Civil War offers ample and eloquent evidence of that. No mere contrarian, he approaches accepted 'truths' and controversial assertions with the same unfettered viewpoint, regardless alike of criticism or acclaim. His latest book is unfailingly interesting, stimulating, and frequently amusing.--William C. Davis, author of Bluegrass Confederate: The Headquarters Diary of Edward O. Guerrant
The Enduring Civil War should take its place alongside Gary W. Gallagher's other indispensable books. In these crisp, engaging essays, covering the broad sweep of the war, Gallagher puts his peerless knowledge of the era in service of deeply humanistic goals: promoting historical literacy, and inspiring his readers to do more reading. With his mantra of 'go where the evidence leads, ' Gallagher vividly illuminates the uncertainty of events as they unfolded, the human dilemmas and fallibility of historical actors, the interpretive richness of first-hand accounts and of modern scholarship, and the tensions between history and memory. There is no better guide for this journey.--Elizabeth R. Varon, author of Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War
Gary W. Gallagher has devoted his career to writing and speaking to diverse audiences about the Civil War, from scholars, to teachers, to students, to loyal audiences fascinated with the nation's conflict. These wonderful essays, originally written for the field's leading glossy magazines, are short gems bridging the academic and popular, and bound to reward all readers.--J. Matthew Gallman, author of Mastering Wartime: A Social History of Philadelphia During the Civil War