Book Review: The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era


by James M. McPherson

New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. xiv, 786. Illus., maps, index. $65.00. ISBN:0-19-515901-2

A profuously illustrated new edition of what has become the standard one volume history of the Civil War years. The text has been lightly abridged, and footnotes and the bibliography omitted. This does not detract from the essential strength of the work, and the literally hundreds of new illustrations and maps – many of them in color – and the informative captions that accompany them add greatly to the power of the original. Despite being more than a decade old, McPherson’s work remains a valuable book, and in this new edition makes an ideal gift for anyone interested in the Civil War.

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