What Drove the Terrible War?

The Union War

by Gary W. Gallagher
Harvard University Press, 215 pp., $27.95

As we begin to move through four years of commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the outpouring of new books will add to that conflict’s status as the most-written-about event in our history. One of the largest of these volumes—in length as well as scope—is Amanda Foreman’s spacious narrative of Anglo-American and Anglo-Confederate relations during the war.

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