May 31, 2012
MarkBernstein.org
 

1861

1861: The Civil War Awakening
Adam Goodheart

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(May 31, 2012)

A well-written collection of interesting and often-revealing vignettes of the earliest moments of the American Civil War, of the time when, it seems, anything might have happened and a great deal did. Goodheart has a knack for capturing large movements in small moments, mixed with a historian’s care to avoid excessive extrapolation or sentimental generalization.