This Hallowed Ground

A History of the Civil War

By Bruce Catton
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307947086, 464pp.)

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

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First published in 1955, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bruce Catton's classic account of the Civil War simultaneously captures the dramatic scope and intimate experience of that epic struggle in one brilliant volume.
Covering events from the prelude of the conflict to the death of Lincoln, Catton blends a gripping narrative with deep, yet unassuming, scholarship to bring the war alive on the page in an almost novelistic way. It is this gift for narrative that led contemporary critics to compare this book to "War and Peace," and call it a "modern Iliad." Now over fifty years old, "This Hallowed Ground" remains one of the best-loved and admired general Civil War books: a perfect introduction to readers beginning their exploration of the conflict, as well as a thrilling analysis and reimagining of its events for experienced students of the war.

About the Author
Bruce Catton (1899 1978) was known as a narrative historian who specialized in popular histories that emphasized the colorful characters and vignettes of history. He was one of four founders of "American Heritage" magazine, where he served as a writer, reviewer, and editor.
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