See the names Harold Holzer and Craig L. Symonds on a book, and you know you have a comprehensive, well-researched, and illuminating history of the Civil War era before you. The two have now edited THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPLETE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 (Black Dog & Leventhal, $40), which contains a wealth of information about events of the period as they happened. The New York Times was one of the few newspapers to have correspondents on the battlefronts, and the editors have reprinted some 600 of the stories they filed, adding commentary on the places and people involved and discussing larger issues, including battle tactics, slavery, racism, politics, and more. The volume is generously illustrated throughout, with period drawings and etchings, photos, and reproductions of posters, maps, cartoons, and other artifacts. To top it all off, there’s a DVD-ROM, which contains all the articles the Times published during the war.
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