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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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.