973.7: The American Civil War (2023)

This collection spotlights books, published in the last 10 years, that discuss the American Civil War which lasted from 1861 to 1865. Books featured in this collection will discuss causes of the war, notable battles, and important figures from both the Union and Confederate sides.

Updated June 16, 2023
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American Ulysses : a life of Ulysses S. Grant
White, Ronald C.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER . From the author ofA. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America's greatest generals-and most misunderstood presidents Winner of the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography .Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman...


Bill O'Reilly's Legends & lies. The Civil War
Fisher, David
The next installment in the New York Times #1 bestselling companion series to the Fox historical docudrama, Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies; The Civil War is a pulse-quickening account of the deadliest war in American history. From the birth of the...


Capital dames : the Civil War and the women of Washington, 1848-1868
Roberts, Cokie
With the outbreak of the Civil War, the small, social Southern town of Washington, D.C. found itself caught between warring sides in a four-year battle that would determine the future of the United States. After the declaration of secession, many fascinating Southern women...


The cause of all nations : an international history of the American Civil War
Doyle, Don Harrison
When Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863, he had broader aims than simply rallying a war-weary nation. Lincoln realized that the Civil War had taken on a wider significance -- that all of Europe and Latin America was watching to see whether the United States, a beleaguered model...


City of sedition : the history of New York during the Civil War
Strausbaugh, John
In a single definitive narrative, City of Sedition tells the spellbinding story of the huge-and hugely conflicted-role New York City played in the Civil War. No city was more of a help to Abraham Lincoln and the Union war effort, or more of a hindrance. No city raised more...


The Civil War : a visual history
The story of America's bloodiest conflict is still as meaningful today as it was in 1865. This comprehensive, visually arresting guide covers the history, causes, and consequences of the Civil War. It provides eyewitness accounts by soldiers and civilians, key profiles of...


Embattled rebel : Jefferson Davis as commander in chief
McPherson, James M.
From the Pulitzer Prize - winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations. If...


The fall of the house of Dixie : the Civil War and the social revolution that transformed the South
Levine, Bruce C.
In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended. Told through the words of the people who lived it,...


The field of blood : violence in Congress and the road to civil war
Freeman, Joanne B.
"One of the best history books I've read in the last few years." --Chris Hayes The Field of Blood recounts the previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE...


Heroines of Mercy Street : the real nurses of the Civil War
Toler, Pamela D.
A look at the lives of the real nurses depicted in the PBS show Mercy Street. Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia, mansion turned war-time hospital and setting for the PBS drama Mercy...


Hymns of the Republic : the story of the final year of the American Civil War
Gwynne, S. C.
From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes "a masterwork of history" (Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas), the spellbinding, epic account of the last year of the Civil War. The...


A just and generous nation : Abraham Lincoln and the fight for American opportunity
Holzer, Harold.


Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War
Abbott, Karen
Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and "pioneer of sizzle history" (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War. Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet...


The Lincoln conspiracy : the secret plot to kill America's 16th president--and why it failed
Meltzer, Brad
Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch, the bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on the sixteenth president in The Lincoln Conspiracy<...


Lincoln's lieutenants : the high command of the Army of the Potomac
Sears, Stephen W.
From the best-selling author ofGettysburg, a multilayered group biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac The high command of the Army of the Potomac was a changeable, often dysfunctional band of brothers, going through the fires of war...


Lincoln's spies : their secret war to save a nation
Waller, Douglas C.
A major addition to the history of the Civil War, Lincoln's Spies is a riveting account of the secret battles waged by Union agents to save a nation. Filled with espionage, sabotage, and intrigue, it is also a striking portrait of a shrewd president who valued what his operatives uncovered...


Robert E. Lee : a life
Guelzo, Allen C.
A WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * From the award-winning historian and best-selling author of Gettysburg comes the definitive biography of Robert E. Lee. An intimate look at the Confederate general in all his complexity--his hypocrisy and courage, his inner...


Robert E. Lee and me : a Southerner's reckoning with the myth of the lost cause
Seidule, Ty
"Ty Seidule scorches us with the truth and rivets us with his fierce sense of moral urgency." --Ron Chernow In a forceful but humane narrative, former soldier and head of the West Point history department Ty Seidule's Robert E. Lee and Me challenges the myths and...


A savage war : a military history of the Civil War
Murray, Williamson
How the Civil War changed the face of war The Civil War represented a momentous change in the character of war. It combined the projection of military might across a continent on a scale never before seen with an unprecedented mass mobilization of peoples. Yet despite the...


South to freedom : runaway slaves to Mexico and the road to the Civil War
Baumgartner, Alice
A brilliant and surprising account of the coming of the American Civil War, showing the crucial role of slaves who escaped to Mexico. The Underground Railroad to the North promised salvation to many American slaves before the Civil War. But thousands of people in...


The thin light of freedom : the Civil War and emancipation in the heart of America
Ayers, Edward L.
Amid the devastation of war rise the first stirrings of freedom in this absorbing, ground-level narrative by an acclaimed historian. Virginia's Great Valley, prosperous in peace with a rich soil and an enslaved workforce, invited destruction in war. Voracious Union and Confederate...


A thousand may fall : life, death, and survival in the Union Army
Jordan, Brian Matthew
Brian Matthew Jordan's Marching Home, a ?powerful exploration? (Washington Post) of the fates of Union veterans, vaulted him into the first rank of Civil War historians. Now, in A Thousand May Fall, Jordan sends us trundling along dusty roads with the 107th Ohio, an ethnically German infantry...


To the uttermost ends of the earth : the epic hunt for the South's most feared ship--and the greatest sea battle of the Civil War
Keith, Phil
The enthralling story of the greatest Civil War battle at sea by the award-winning and bestselling historians Phil Keith and Tom Clavin. On June 19, 1864, just off the coast of France, one of the most dramatic naval battles in history took place. On a clear day with...


Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War
Manning, Chandra
From the author of What This Cruel War Was Over, a vivid portrait of the Union army's escaped-slave refugee camps and how they shaped the course of emancipation and citizenship in the United States. Even before shots were fired at Fort Sumter, slaves recognized that their bondage...


Ways and means : Lincoln and his cabinet and the financing of the Civil War
Lowenstein, Roger
"Captivating . . . [Lowenstein] makes what subsequently occurred at Treasury and on Wall Street during the early 1860s seem as enthralling as what transpired on the battlefield or at the White House." --Harold Holzer, Wall Street Journal "Ways and Means, an account of...


A worse place than hell : how the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg changed a nation
Matteson, John
In December 1862, the Battle of Fredericksburg shattered Union forces and threatened to break apart Abraham Lincoln's government. Five extraordinary individuals experienced Fredericksburg's cataclysmic repercussions?Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, John Pelham, and...

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