Book Reviews

Four Essential Books About Abraham Lincoln  Image

You can't understand Abraham Lincoln without understanding the country that loved him so.

Free-for-All  Image

FIGHTING CHANCE:
The Struggle Over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America.
By Faye E. Dudden.
Oxford Univ. Press. 285 pp. $34.95

My Favorite Civil War Novels  Image

A few well-crafted novels bring alive what Walt Whitman called “the seething hell and black infernal background” of the war.

At War Over the War  Image

THE UNION WAR.
By Gary W. Gallagher.
Harvard Univ. Press. 215 pp. $27.95

What Like a Bullet Can Undeceive!  Image

Brenda Wineapple surveys the great writing of the Civil War.

Best Books About the Civil War  Image
Book Reviews

Introducing a special section in the Summer issue.

AMERICA AFLAME:
How the Civil War Created a Nation.
By David Goldfield.
Bloomsbury. 632 pp. $35

History is about arguments, arguments that we have about the past. The best history tells us something about...

As we begin moving through the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War, my mind returns to the...

The Life and Times of Socrates  Image

THE HEMLOCK CUP:
Socrates, Athens, and the Search for the Good Life.
By Bettany Hughes.
Knopf. 484 pp. $35

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