This really immerses you into the culture, especially that of the North, that led into the Civil War
In this evironment, the discussion of the 1860 election and background to set it up.
Hancock going in to talk to Lincoln on the eve Lincoln's first presidential/social dinner.
no, one to think about and both keep in its own context and still locate in ours.
Lincoln's patience, his lack of transparancy, until he was ready to move was quite revealing, particularying in this age of instant news bite... and realizing how he manuveered aroung those pressures in his time. certainly more room and time to manuveer but still instructive.
Sometimes it felt like "Groundhog Day" the movie -- going back over and over the same time. Fascinating to get such a complete national view of the run up to the war. Great accessible history. I would recommend it highly for anyone who simply wants to learn more about America. Staunch defenders of the South -- watch out -- the author does not allow revisionist history pretending that it wasn't about slavery. Staunch Northerners watch out too...not everyone in the North was a far-sighted abolitionist. A great read.
This is without doubt the best Civil War History I've read in a long time.
Such a wonderful tapestry of different stories, filled with suspense because we know what's coming.
This is a really well balanced look at the complex forces that shaped the years leading into the Civil War. For me, the most interesting part is the rather ambivalent anti-slavery position of many in the north.
It is easy to get lost in the detail that the author gives as he looks at how the American Civil War started. This is not a good 'first read' for readers who want to gain a broad understanding of the American Civil War.
If you are a serious Civil War aficionado and have already read widely on this subject then you will probably enjoy this book.
It is about the beginning of the Civil War.
A great magnifying glass on the months before the war.
You really have to be a history major, which I am not, to enjoy this book because there is too much inside baseball, where you get overwhelmed with information behind the glass window.
At first, I wasn't too sure in what I was getting into because it start off with personal commentary from the author, which I don't like, but if you get through the first 30 minutes, the book goes in depth on why we had a Civil War,, like slavery, religion, political events and etc.
This is not your ordinary book on war, but very detail facts on what happen to lead us to the Civil War.
Toward the end, the book became harder to process because it just goes on and on without an end.
This title should had been broken up in different volumes in a series because it just got too overwhelming to remain focus on the subject.
I generally enjoy books such as these but had to stop listening 1/4 of the way through. It was just dry... informative, but dry.