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James M. McPherson

James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most ­recently, The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters.
 (October 2016)

Winslow Homer: Defiance: Inviting a Shot Before Petersburg, 1864

Our Monstrous War

Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War

by Michael C.C. Adams

July 10, 2014 issue

President Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan (second from left) after the  Battle of Antietam, October 3, 1862

‘A Bombshell on the American Public’

‘Lincoln’s Hundred Days’ and three other books about the events of 1862

Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory

by Harold Holzer

Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union

by Louis P. Masur

The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

by Richard Slotkin

Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year

by David Von Drehle

November 22, 2012 issue

‘Fate of the Rebel Flag’; lithograph published by William Schaus in 1861, based on a painting by William Bauly

What Drove the Terrible War?

Five new books about the Civil War

A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

by Amanda Foreman

The Union War

by Gary W. Gallagher

1861: The Civil War Awakening

by Adam Goodheart

America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

by David Goldfield

God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War

by George C. Rable

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July 14, 2011 issue

Lincoln Off His Pedestal

A. Lincoln: A Biography

by Ronald C. White Jr.

Abraham Lincoln: A Life

by Michael Burlingame

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer

by Fred Kaplan

Mrs. Lincoln: A Life

by Catherine Clinton

September 24, 2009 issue

Dark Victories

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

by Drew Gilpin Faust

Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America's Culture of Death

by Mark S. Schantz

April 17, 2008 issue

They Chose Freedom

A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation

by David W. Blight

March 20, 2008 issue

The Great Betrayal

Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War

by Nicholas Lemann

November 30, 2006 issue

Was It a Just War?

Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History ofthe American Civil War

by Harry S. Stout

March 23, 2006 issue

The Bloody Partnership

Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861–1865

by Steven E. Woodworth

Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War

by Charles Bracelen Flood

December 15, 2005 issue

Brahmins at War

Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

by Richard F. Miller

The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835–64

by Carol Bundy

October 6, 2005 issue

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