The New York Times The Complete Civil War 1861-1865
The Civil War as you've never experienced it before, through original, first-hand reportage of The New York Times, the country's newspaper of record. Available for the first time in a unique book/DVD package
The New York Times, established in 1851, was one of the few newspapers with correspondents on the front lines throughout the Civil War. The Complete Civil War collects every article written about the war from 1861 to 1865, plus select pieces before and after the war and is filled with the action, politics, and personal stories of this monumental event. From the first shot fired at Fort Sumter to the surrender at Appomattox, and from the Battle of Antietam to the Battle of Atlanta, as well as articles on slavery, states rights, the role of women, and profiles of noted heroes such as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, the era comes alive through these daily first-hand accounts.
• More than 600 of the most crucial and interesting articles in the book—typeset and designed for easy reading • Commentary by Editors and Civil War scholars Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds • More than 104,000 additional articles on the DVD-ROM— every article the Times published during the war. • A detailed chronology highlights articles and events of interest that can be found on the disk.
Strikingly designed and illustrated with hundreds of maps, historical photographs, and engravings, this book is a treasure for Civil War and history buffs everywhere.
"This is a fascinating and riveting look at the most important event in American history as seen through the eyes of an institution that was emerging as the most important newspaper in American history. In these pages, the Civil War seems new and fresh, unfolding day after anxious day, as the fate of the republic hangs in the balance." Ken Burns
"Serious historians and casual readers alike will find this extraordinary collection of 600 articles and editorials about the Civil War published in The New York Times before and during the war of great value and interest...enough to keep the most assiduous student busy for the next four years of the war's sesquicentennial observations." James McPherson
"This fascinating work catapults readers back in time, allowing us to live through the Civil War as daily readers of The New York Times, worrying about the outcome of battles, wondering about our generals, debating what to do about slavery, hearing the words that Lincoln spoke, feeling passionate about our politics. Symonds and Holzer have found an ingenious new way to experience the most dramatic event in our nation's history." Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds have included not only every pertinent article from the pages of The Times, but enhanced and illuminated them with editorial commentary that adds context and perspective, making the articles more informative and useful here than they were in the original issues. Nowhere else can readers of today get such an understanding of how readers of 1861-1865 learned of and understood their war." William C Davis
The DVD runs on Windows 2000/XP or Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Tmely Reference for The Sesquicentennial
By michael mcgreevy - November 30, 2010
This splendid reference will be valuable to all Americans.
It will be particularly opportune for the Civil War history buffs as they track, celebrate or commemorate the events which occurred in our country's Civil War 150 years ago.
Keep it handy to read accounts as they occurred and were recorded for our nation's readers, and thereby bring new life to your study of the war as it "progressed" over the four years.
It includes a DVD as well as a great 42 page chronology of the four years.
Just What the Doctor Ordered!
By C. Johnson - October 19, 2010
Beautiful Coffee Table sized book containing most of the writing in the New York Times from when it was actually written! Not dummied down in the least... The picture here looks drab but the book is anything but!
The Civil War from the pages of the New York Times
By Steven A. Peterson - December 29, 2010
Very interesting work. The premise of this volume is simple: Publish newspaper articles from "The New York Times" depicting the progress of the Civil War from 1861-1865. The book contains about 600 newspaper articles; there is also a CD that has many thousands of additional articles. The volume also includes items from the 1850s that set the context for the Civil War (such as stories about slavery) as well as the years after the Civil War (covering Reconstruction). For those interested in primary sources, this will be fascinating reading.
On the other hand, if you want to know details of battles and campaigns, one will not be so satisfied--but that is not what this book is about. The coverage of the fighting at Forts Henry and Donelson, for instance, is rather brief and sketchy. On the other hand, the reader gets a sense of the sometimes confusing and contradictory stories from the front that Americans were reading in this newspaper.