Top 10 Books on The American Civil War

 

The world-famous American war broke out as a result of a conflict revolving the abolishment of slavery completely and succeeded at the end to ban slavery forever. This war has inspired many authors, young and old, to pen down the actual details and reasons that summed up to turn into a civil war. Although there are unlimited books available that describe the American civil war in their own way, here are the best available books on this topic that covers all details.

The Civil War: A Narrative

The best available book on military history that covers all the details in a gripping narration, this book comes in three volumes, each describing the early days of the war, battle in the middle and the final year of the civil war respectively

Read it For:
It offers a complete description of the American civil war from the start to the end.
Don't Read it For:
Details every single aspect of the war.
What makes this book stand out?:
It’s a complete collection of the history of American civil war.

Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

This book is almost a recreation of the American civil war, and is totally about this single war, describing the point of views of the counterparts and the reason for their conflicts and other related war details.

Read it For:
Some touch of reality with fantasy, get filled in of the facts in an unrealistic way.
Don't Read it For:
Its distinct narration may be a bit slow but can be adjusted after a few chapters from the start.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its unique concept and impeccable writing.

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

This book takes a much closer look on the life of American president Abraham Lincoln and his thoughts and reflections on slavery and how he encountered slavery early in his life though it is not a biography.

Read it For:
Get to know more about the civil war and Lincoln and also about slavery.
Don't Read it For:
this book is not a biography of Lincoln.
What makes this book stand out?:
its perspectives and style of writing.

Memoirs and selected letters

This book describes the author’s perspectives and understanding of the civil war, whilst he covers most of the aspects of the war including battles and military operations since he wasn’t a witness to all of the wars.

Read it For:
It has only a selected section dedicated to the civil war wherein the author describes beautifully the events that occurred at the time of the war.
Don't Read it For:
It does not summarize the whole event of the civil war and has only a few selective yet detailed events covered in this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The grip that the author has managed to have on his reader through his style of narration makes this book stand out from the rest.
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The Impending Crisis

Book was written on the civil war as a whole, and it describes the scenarios of the war whilst maintaining respect for all the characters while presenting the author's point of view.

Read it For:
A different take on the civil war and the description of characters in an unusual way.
Don't Read it For:
A bit complex yet simple.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its style of narration and the respect shown to each character, unlike most authors who seem to highlight only the character that they are supporting or who is right in their point of view.

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

This book shares the aftermath of the civil war and how much effect it had on the people as a result of countless deaths that resulted from the war.

Read it For:
Read on to know what impact these deaths had on the government and how they established multiple cemeteries for the burial of those tons of dead people’s bodies.
Don't Read it For:
A bit straightforward and pointed narration of experiences.
What makes this book stand out?:
Best book to understand the real impact of the American civil war on the society.

The Destructive War

This book is written with a focus on two generals Thomas Jackson and William Sherman who stood opposed in the war. The book revolves around their part in the war and their determination to oblige to their own teams.

Read it For:
Fresh and new take on the war, see the war with a completely new eye and view.
Don't Read it For:
don’t read if you don’t know about the civil war.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its narration and its focus on the civil war on a whole new point of view make sit stand out from the rest

A Stillness at Appomattox

The third part of the Army of the Potomac trilogy, this book has won Pulitzer and National book award and is the major hit book in this series. It details on the occurrences in the final year of the civil war.

Read it For:
Filling the details of what exactly happened in the final year of the civil war
Don't Read it For:
It only describes bout the final year. Don’t read if you aren’t filled with previous year details.
What makes this book stand out?:
The flow it has is maintained throughout the book, which makes it stand out.

Battle of Cry Freedom: The Civil Era

One of the best books ever written on the civil war, this book covers all the major aspects and details from scratch- the social, military and political events that have occurred and all the right reasons that led to the war.

Read it For:
Comprehensive and scholarly written book that describes the civil war in detail.
Don't Read it For:
If you aren’t much into history, then don’t read this masterpiece before you get to know the basics
What makes this book stand out?:
Flawless and smooth narration and details has helped it be on the front line for the best-written books on the civil war.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

The author uncovers the depths of the war by taking off this adventure himself in search of places and people that still remain affected by the conflict that resulted in the American civil war

Read it For:
hands-on experience of the war in an innovative description
Don't Read it For:
It is based on the author’s point of view.
What makes this book stand out?:
the author’s sense of narration and detailing.

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