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WarsEndLincoln and the War's End

Lincoln and the War's End recounts the dramatic final five months of the Civil War, from Lincoln's reelection in November 1864 to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House in April 1865. Centering on Lincoln, it brings back the drama of the major military and political events of those final five months.
Published by the Southern Illinois University Press, 2014.
ISBN: 978-0-8093-3351-6.
A volume in the Concise Lincoln Library.


How They WorkHow Historians Work:
Retelling the Past—from the Civil War to the Wider World

How Historians Work is a collection of lively profiles of two dozen prominent historians, of many different disciplines, and how they practice their craft — from where they find their ideas to how they do their research and their writing. It constitutes a handbook on how history is retold in an engaging, authentic way. Written in collaboration with two other authors, Judith Lee Hallock and Drake Bush.
Published by State House Press, 2010,
Paperback: ISBN-13: 978-1-933337-43-2; ISBN 10: 1-933337-43-5.


Book coverLincoln and McClellan:
The Troubled Relationship between a President and His General

Lincoln and McClellan takes an in-depth look at the fascinating relationship between this most dissimilar pair, from the early days of the Civil War to the 1864 presidential election when McClellan ran against Lincoln on an anti-war platform and lost.
Published by Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. Cloth: ISBN-13: 978-0230613492.

Book coverOne Man Great Enough:
Abraham Lincoln’s Road to Civil War

The astonishing story of how Abraham Lincoln, a frontier lawyer and politician, fought his great rival, Stephen A. Douglas, for a quarter of century in Illinois over the Union-splitting issue of slavery, and rose to the presidency.
Published by Harcourt, 2007. Cloth: ISBN 978-0-15-101071-4 .
Published by Mariner Books, 2009. Paperback: ISBN 978-0-15-603463-0
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Class of 1846The Class of 1846 —
From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson,
George McClellan and their Brothers

Forward by James M. McPherson

The story of the men of the West Point class of 1846, the most distinguished of the antebellum years — as cadets at the academy, field officers in the Mexican and Indian Wars, and generals in the Civil War. Published by Warner Books, 1994. Cloth ISBN 0-446-51594-9.
Published by Ballantine Books, 1999. Paper ISBN 0-345-43403-X.
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Book coverReelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency

The dramatic story of the most unique and one of the most important presidential elections in American history. Published by Crown Publishers, 1997. Cloth ISBN 0-517-59766-7. Published by DaCapo Press, 2001. Paper: ISBN 0-306-81022-0.

Book coverSurviving the Confederacy: Rebellion, Ruin, and Recovery — Roger and Sara Pryor During the Civil War

One prominent Confederate couple’s story of what happened to them in the Civil War and how they survived it. A book that paints a picture of the agony of the South in the war of brothers. Published by Harcourt, 2002. Cloth: ISBN 0-15-100389-0.

Book coverOn the Brink of Civil War:
The Compromise of 1850 and How It Changed the Course of American History

The dramatic story of how civil war was narrowly averted in 1850 when a compromise over slavery in the territories was hammered out in a contentious fight on the floor of the U. S. Senate. Scholarly Resources, 2003. Cloth: ISBN 0-8420-2944-3. Paper: 0-8420-2945-1.

Book cover20 Good Reasons to Study the Civil War

Forward by Jim Lehrer

Twenty short essays on why the Civil War is important and warrants the study and attention of every American. Published by McWhiney Foundation Press, 2004. Paper: ISBN 1-893114-46-5.

Book coverSam Bell Maxey and the Confederate Indians

The story of how a paleface West Pointer commanded the Confederate Indians in the last year of the Civil War. Published by McWhiney Foundation Press, 1995. Paper: ISBN 1-886661-03-0.

Book coverLast Stand at Mobile

The action-packed story of how the Union Navy under Admiral David Farragut ran past the blazing guns of Fort Morgan into Mobile Bay in August 1864 and how six months later the city fell to the Union army. Published by McWhiney Foundation Press, 2001. Cloth: ISBN 1-893114-09-0. Paper: 1-893114-08-2.

Book coverEdwin Cole Bearss: History’s Pied Piper

Brief, lively biography of the colorful, celebrated American historian and Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service. Published by HistoryAmerica TOURS, 2003. Paper: ISBN 0-9729827-0-1.

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