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A Fool's Errand
Abraham Lincoln
The Civil War And The Constitution 1859-1865, Vols. 1 and 2
The Constitution of the United States and Other Historical American Documents
The Contest in America
History of the Civil War 1861-1865
The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Recollections and Letters of Robert E. Lee
Starr King in California
Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life
History of the Civil War 1861-1865
History of the Civil War 1861-1865
By James F. Rhodes
$39.99 hardcover; $16.99 paperback


This landmark study of the most traumatic era in American history won a Pulitzer Prize in 1918 for its concise, clear-minded survey of the Civil War from political and economic perspectives. From "the great factor in the destruction of slavery"—the election of Abraham Lincoln as President in 1860—to the "twenty thousand men in Wall Street" who sang to celebrate the war's end four years later, Rhodes, a self-taught historian, lends a distinctive voice to his retelling of the war. All students of the upheaval and disorder of the period will appreciate this enduring and unusual perspective on it.


JAMES FORD RHODES (1848–1927) retired to write about history after making a fortune in iron coal, and steel. His work won the Loubat Prize from the Berlin Academy of Sciences (1901) and the gold medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1910).