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James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of US history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict.

Abraham Lincoln wondered whether “in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government.” Jefferson Davis felt “forced to take up arms” to guarantee states’ rights. McPherson merges the words of these men and other political luminaries, as well as housewives and soldiers from both armies, with his own concise analysis of the war, creating a story as compelling as any novel.

Battle Cry of Freedom vividly traces how a new nation was forged when a war both sides were sure would amount to little dragged on for four years and cost more American lives than all other wars combined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Historical writing of the highest order.” New York Times Book Review
  • “Likely to become the standard one-volume history of our Civil War, this vivifies, with palpable immediacy, scholarly acumen and interpretive skill, events foreshadowing the conflict, the war itself and its basic issue: slavery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A beautifully organized, compelling narrative and prose whose occasional leap into modern ebullience should captive a new generation of Civil War readers.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This is an epic story told in epic style, written in clear, luminous prose…Zesty, meaty intellectual feast that will nourish and satisfy the reader.”

    Houston Post

  • “Exhaustively researched, written with skill and assurance…This book may not be superseded in our time.”


  • Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for History

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kmarion | 5/10/2011

    " Civil war history isn't my favorite area. However, the Oxford series of history books has a way of drawing me. There's lots of little tidbits in this book that was previously unknown to me. All in all a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol A | 4/22/2011

    " I have the illustrated edition, which is the size of a small barn. This book is so huge that I don't really read it, I dip into it from time to time to check facts and impressions. It's an encyclopedia of the Civil War, a great one-volume history of that enormous conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Skye | 4/5/2011

    " I read Chapters 1-5, 7, 11, 15, 20-22, and 24-28.

    Lovingly written, and full of fascinating primary sources. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jp | 3/4/2011

    " Well written and thought provoking James McPherson did a great job of giving a sweeping narrative of the civil war time period. He does a good job portraying the complexity of the conflict, showing multiple overlapping themes and how they interacted to create such devastating results. "

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