A World on Fire

A World on Fire : An Epic History of Two Nations Divided

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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. Using a wealth of previously unpublished letters and journals, Amanda Foreman gives fresh accounts of Civil War battles by seeing them through the eyes of British journalists and myriad soldiers on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. Foreman tells this epic yet intimate story of enormous personalities, tense diplomacy and torn loyalties.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 988 pages
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Viking/Allen Lane
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 1846144353
  • 9781846144356
  • 737,813

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"So expansive in its scope, and so well written, that to call it a masterpiece somehow doesn't seem to do it justice. . . . Foreman displays her exceptional gift for storytelling and for making history both fascinating and relevant.""--The Christian Science Monitor"" " "History as a Cecil B. DeMille epic . . . One puts down "A World on Fire" with a sense of awe."--"The Boston Globe " "Thrilling narrative on a grand scale."--"History Today" "[A] remarkable book . . . an extraordinary cast.""--The New York Times Book Review"" " "[A] magisterial history.""--Newsweek"show more

About Amanda Foreman

Amanda Foreman is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She won the Whitbread Prize for "Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire," which was adapted for the screen as "The Duchess." Educated as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College and with master's and doctorate degrees in history from Oxford University, she is now married with five children and lives in New York. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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2 6% (98)
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