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    Description'No two nations have ever existed on the face of the earth which could do each other so much good or so much harm' - President Buchanan, State of the Nation Address, 1859. "A World on Fire" tells, with extraordinary sweep, one of the least known great stories of British and American history. As America descended into Civil War, British loyalties were torn between support for the North, which was against slavery, and defending the South, which portrayed itself as bravely fighting for its independence. Rallying to their respective causes, thousands of Britons went to America as soldiers - fighting for both Union and Confederacy - racing ships through the Northern blockades, and as observers, nurses, adventurers, guerillas and spies. At the heart of this international conflict lay a complicated and at times tortuous relationship between four individuals: Lord Lyons, the painfully shy British Ambassador in Washington; William Seward, the blustering US Secretary of State; Charles Francis Adams, the dry but fiercely patriotic U.S. ambassador in London; and, the restless and abrasive Foreign Secretary Lord John Russell. Despite their efforts, and sometimes as a result of them, America and Britain came within a whisker of declaring war on each other twice in four years. The diplomatic story is only one element in this gloriously multifaceted book. Using a wealth of previously unpublished letters and journals, Amanda Foreman gives fresh accounts of Civil War battles by seeing them through the eyes of British journalists and myriad soldiers on both sides, from flamboyant cavalry commanders to forcibly conscripted private soldiers. She also shows how the War took place in England, from the Confederacy's secret ship-building programme in Liverpool to the desperate efforts of its propagandists and emissaries - male and female - to influence British public opinion. She even shows how one of the most famous set-piece naval encounters of the War was fought, remarkably, in the English Channel. Foreman tells this epic yet intimate story of enormous personalities, tense diplomacy and torn loyalties as history in the round, captivating her readers with the experience of total immersion in this titanic conflict.


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    Title
    A World on Fire
    Subtitle
    An Epic History of Two Nations Divided
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amanda Foreman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 1040
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 45 mm
    Weight: 752 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141040585
    ISBN 10: 0141040580
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY, CULT/BRITIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    BIC subject category V2: HBWJ
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/CIVLWR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036050, HIS036040
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC22: 973.70892
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: NHWR3, NHWR, NHK
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    02 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Amanda Foreman is the author of the international bestseller Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1999) which has been translated into thirteen languages and won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. She is currently a research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She is married with five children.
    Review quote
    Amanda Foreman's magnificent book provides a completely fresh perspective on the first great modern conflict. Weaving together a vast panoply of people and events, it dramatically brings alive this extraordinary period on British and American history -- Antony Beevor Ambitiously conceived, impressively researched and gracefully written, Amanda Foreman has crafted a narrative rich in detail, anecdote, insight and personalities. It puts a human face - many human faces - on a brutal conflict remorselessly descending into an inhuman total war -- Brian Jenkins A tour de force, a work of extreme virtuosity both in the research and the telling Bloomberg News