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    DescriptionThe author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history. McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays-pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburg campaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning for America and the world. Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.


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    Title
    This Mighty Scourge
    Subtitle
    Perspectives on the Civil War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James M. McPherson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195392425
    ISBN 10: 0195392426
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
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    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
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    BIC subject category V2: HBWJ
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T General Subject: 430
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/CIVLWR
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    B&T Approval Code: A16320000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036050
    DC22: 973.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS049000
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    LC classification: E468 .M24 2009
    Thema V1.0: NHWR3, NHWR, NHK
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    05 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War, including Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, which won the prestigious Lincoln Prize in 1998.
    Review quote
    Essays which collectively illustrate his customary mastery of the field. John Y. Simon, The Journal of Southern History Non-fiction books, especially history, rarely earn praise as 'page-turners.' James M. McPherson makes the feat seem routine. A satisfying and insightful set of ruminations that will appeal to both specialists and general readers. Reading his book of essays might be no substitute for having attended his former seminars at Princeton University, but it might be as close a book-and most readers-will get to doing so. Christopher Phillips, Civil War Book Review James M. McPherson again demonstrates that he is our greatest historian of the war...they stand as a remarkably elegant and clarifying narrative exploration of the most basic questions concerning the Civil War, issues over which scholars and activists still contend...This Mighty Scourge, in fact, is an exemplary exercise in the contribution a great historian and eloquent writer can make to a people's understanding of themselves. The Los Angeles Times For readers unfamiliar with McPherson's work, [This Mighty Scourge ] provides a useful introduction - one that, it is to be hoped, will lead them to his masterwork, Battle Cry of Freedom (1988) - and for those who know that work, it provides numerous interesting footnotes. Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post It will seduce anyone, Civil War neophyte or fanatic, for its authority and judgments...There is not a bad chapter in this book. This Mighty Scourge is a marvelous read from a master historian. Like all good history, what it makes you want to do is know more." The Boston Globe
    Table of contents
    PREFACE ; PART 1 SLAVERY AND THE COMING OF WAR ; 1. And the War Came; Escape and Revolt in Black and W ; PART II: THE LOST CAUSE REVISITED ; 3. The Confederacy: A House Divided?; ; 4. Was the Best Defense a Good Offense? Jefferson Davis and Confederate Strategies; ; 5. The Saratoga That Wasn't: The Impact of Antietam Abroad; ; 6. To Conquer a Peace? Lee's Goals in the Gettysburg Campaign; ; 7. The Last Rebel: Jesse James; ; 8. Long-Legged Yankee Lies: The Lost Cause Textbook Crusade- ; PART III: ARCHITECTS OF VICTORY- ; 9. "We Stand by Each Other Always": Grant and Sherman; ; 10. The Hard Hand of War; ; 11. Unvexed the Sea: Lincoln, Grant, and the Vicksburg Campaign- ; PART IV: THE HOME FRONT AND BATTLE FRONT- ; 12. Brahmins at War; ; 13. "Spend Much Time in Reading the Daily Papers": The Press and Army Morale in the Civil War; ; 14. No Peace Without Victory, 1861-1865-Part V: Lincoln- ; 15. To Remember That He Had Lived; ; 16. "As Commander-in-Chief I have a Right to Take Any Measure Which May Best Subdue the Enemy"