Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
Why this book?
Just because a book wins the Pulitzer Prize (1989 in History) doesn’t always mean you will enjoy reading it or be influenced and enlightened by it. But Battle Cry of Freedom is a single volume that masterfully covers the Civil War from its genesis to the conclusion. While an academic, James McPherson (professor at Princeton University) avoids the turgid, scholarly jargon that has plagued many works from academic historians. McPherson’s research is impeccable and his writing is clear, compelling, and covers a variety of topics from the social and political backdrops of the war to the fighting and the military leadership of both Union and Confederate armies. If asked what single book on the Civil War I would read if I had but one choice, I would unhesitatingly say: “Battle Cry of Freedom.”