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Book Review: THE AMERICAN HERITAGE NEW HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR (Bruce Catton) : AH

8/11/2001 • American History Reviews, Reviews

THE AMERICAN HERITAGE NEW HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR, Narrative by Bruce Catton, edited with an introduction by James M. McPherson (Viking, 630 pages, $50.00).
Published in 1960 at the approach of the centennial commemoration of the Civil War, the original edition of this book has more than a million copies in print and is considered by many to be the finest one-volume history of the Civil War ever published. This striking new version improves upon that high standard by combining the talents of two Pulitzer Prize winners: the original author, Bruce Catton (1899-1978), and James McPherson, who contributed the new introduction. This edition includes countless additional photographs, sketches, and paintings with updated interpretations; new explanatory captions and sidebars;newly developed three-dimensional battlefield maps; and a free Civil War interactive CD-ROM.

 

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