Posts belonging to Category 'Books'

Exploring the failures of the Andrew Johnson presidency

The issue of race relations has been a fixture in the life of Annette Gordon-Reed for as long as she can remember.
“When you grow up in the South, the issue of race is permanent,” said Gordon-Reed, who was raised in Texas during the peak of the civil-rights movement and went on to become a leading [...]

Lincoln’s friend tells story in own words

If Ward Hill Lamon were alive today, he would probably approve of a new book listing him as author and Bob O’Connor as editor.
Lamon, who was Abraham Lincoln’s law partner and bodyguard, wrote the book in 1880, but it didn’t fall into O’Connor’s hands until 2007.
“I feel I was chosen to do this project,” O’Connor [...]


In 1947, a young writer named Barnaby Conrad became secretary to the irascible Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis. Lewis challenged Conrad to collaborate with him on a novel speculating that Lincoln’s assassin, the celebrated actor John Wilkes Booth, had escaped a burning building, surrounded by Union soldiers, substituting the body of a Confederate deserter whom [...]

Blue Jew, Gray Jew

This coming April marks 150 years since the outbreak of the American Civil War. The role of Jews in that conflict became a subject of historical inquiry in the context of rising anti-Semitism, about a quarter-century after hostilities ended. An article defending the patriotism of American Jews, appearing in 1891 in the prestigious North American [...]

Review: Books on the Civil War

The variations on a theme in the field of Civil War books have seemed endless for 145 years, and there’s no sign of a slowdown.
The four books covered here are among the newest of the dozens published in the past year.
Anya Jabour, Atlanta-born and now a University of Montana history professor, researches children and families [...]

“Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War” Audiobook Now Available from

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War is now available as an audiobook from The book, published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio and written by Tony Horwitz, has also made’s Top 2000 Best Sellers List for the month of November..
The audiobook version of Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the [...]

Civil War battle at center of ‘Elkhorn Tavern’

In Northeastern Arkansas stands a two-story structure known as the Elkhorn Tavern. First built in the 1830s, this building would become witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the early days of the Civil War — the Battle of Pea Ridge.
For the people who lived around the tavern, the fighting and chaos that occurred [...]

Nonfiction review: The Fiery Trial

“So many layers of adulation, idolatry and mythology cling to the homely frame of Abraham Lincoln that one is puzzled to know how much is left when they are all chipped away,” historian Thomas A. Bailey once wrote.
In “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” Eric Foner, professor of history at Columbia University, cuts [...]

Brent Glass: What are the best new Civil War books?

Since there are more than 100 books about the Civil War that appear in bookstores and libraries each year, it is hard to read them all, let alone select the best. However, there are two outstanding monographs published in recent years that I recommend: “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” by [...]

Warren awarded Davis Gold Medal for Confederate history

Steven L. Warren was recently awarded the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for history.
Warren was nominated for the medal by the organization’s Cowskin Prairie chapter for his television documentary Last Raid at Cabin Creek, and for his book, Brilliant Victory: The Second Civil War Battle of Cabin Creek, Indian Territory.
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