Paid Advertisement
Historynet/feed historynet feedback facebook link World History Group RSS feed World History Group Subscriptions Historynet Home page

Multi-Media Review: Civil War Book Review (Periodical) : CWT

Originally published on Published Online: August 19, 2000 
Print Friendly
0 comments FONT +  FONT -

CIVIL WAR BOOK REVIEW, For subscription information, call 615-292-8926, extension 34.

A consuming curiosity about Civil War history and an insatiable appetite for books go together like a saber and scabbard. It's not television that converts people with a nagging interest in the war into bona fide experts. It's the Shelby Foote trilogy spread across the coffee table. It's the soldiers' memoirs, biographies of generals, and wartime-photograph collections that overload the living-room bookshelves. It's the battle narratives with nowhere else to go but into piles alongside the couch.

To many a spouse's chagrin, publishers put out some 500 new books on the Civil War, antebellum, and Reconstruction eras every year. Ignoring for the moment the task of finding storage space for more books, readers must first figure out what books are available in their particular area of interest and then which of those are worth owning. Now, those readers can turn to Civil War Book Review.

Published quarterly by the United States Civil War Center at Louisiana State University, Civil War Book Review runs about two dozen critical reviews in each of its 48-page issues. Many of the reviewers come straight out of Who's Who of Civil War experts; the Winter 2000 issue, for example, boasts the likes of Harold Holzer, Steven Woodworth, and Mark Neely. The reviews range from 600-word opinionated briefs to 2,000-word detailed critiques, the latter often serving as a virtual crash course in a book's subject.

In addition to the critical reviews, every issue of Civil War Book Review features listings of more than 100 newly available books. Each listing includes a one- to three-sentence description of the book's content, but no verdict on its merit. Rounding out each issue are a short interview with an author of Civil War books (Webb Garrison in Winter 2000) and a review of a classic work of Civil War history.

Civil War Book Review does a fine job of filling a niche in the Civil War periodicals market. And considering how quickly hundreds of dollars can turn into Civil War-history books, the valuable advice in this publication is a bargain at $16 a year. Just don't forget to figure in the cost of extra bookcases.

Carl Zebrowski

Leave a Reply

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Related Articles

History Net Images Spacer
Paid Advertisement
Paid Advertisement
History Net Daily Activities
History net Spacer
History net Spacer
Historynet Spacer

Which of these wars resulted in the most surprising underdog upset?

View Results | See previous polls

Loading ... Loading ...
History net Spacer
RSS Feed Daily Email Update
History net Spacer
Paid Advertisement

Paid Advertisement
What is HistoryNet? is brought to you by World History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines.

If you are interested in a specific history subject, try searching our archives, you are bound to find something to pique your interest.

From Our Magazines
World History Group

World History Group Network:  HistoryNet | Armchair General | Achtung Panzer!
Today in History | Ask Mr. History | Picture of the Day | Daily History Quiz | Contact Us

Copyright © 2015 World History Group. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
Advertise With Us | Subscription Help | Privacy Policy