Battle Cry of Freedom by James M.McPherson

Staff Pick

The Civil War is a live issue in contemporary American life and politics, with heated public disputes over why it occurred, how it was fought, and what it means for us now.  There is no better way to sort through those questions than to read Battle Cry of Freedom. McPherson's judicious, comprehensive, and lucid history shows how the war grew out of American expansion into the west, the war with Mexico, political polarization, cultural differences, and above all the inability to resolve the question of slavery.  Throughout he shows not only the politicians and generals, but lives of the people--rich and poor, north and south, free and slave--who were swept into and fought the most terrible war in American history.  Beautifully composed, this is a great book that will stay with you long after you've put it down.

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ISBN: 9780195168952
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 11th, 2003