Synopses & Reviews
Why did Lincoln sneak into Washington for his inauguration? Why did Robert E. Lee resign from the U.S. Army? Whom did the Emancipation Proclamation emancipate? Did General Sherman really say "War is Hell"? What was the Richmond Bread Riot? What did the Confederate soldiers come home to find?
If you can't answer most of these questions, you're not alone. Millions of Americans, bored by dull textbooks are in the dark about the most significant event in our history. Too many others thought they learned it all from Gone With the Wind.Now Kenneth C. Davis sheds light on these and other questions about America's greatest conflict. His Don't Know Much About History, a New York Times best-seller for more that thirty weeks, and Don't Know Much About Geography have combined sales of more than 1.5 million copies. All those who dozed through class will find that Davis has a genius for bringing history to life and helping them understand and enjoy the subjects they "Don't Know Much About."
With his deft wit and unconventional style, Davis sorts out the players, the politics, and the key events--Harpers Ferry, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Emancipation, Reconstruction. Drawing on the moving eyewitness accounts of the people who lived through the war, he brings the reader into the world of the ordinary men and women who made history--the human side of the story that the textbooks never tell.
Millions of Americans, bored by dull textbooks, are in the dark about the most significant event in our history. Here, the "New York Times" bestselling author deftly sorts out the players, the politics, and the key events of the Civil War.
“Highly informative and entertaining…propels the reader light years beyond dull textbooks and Gone with the Wind.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
It has been 150 years since the opening salvo of Americas War Between the States. New York Times bestselling author Ken Davis tells us everything we never knew about our nations bloodiest conflict in Dont Know Much About ® the Civil War—another fascinating and fun installment in his acclaimed series.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -505) and index.
About the Author
Kenneth C. Davis speaks regularly on national television and radio. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He is a contributing editor to USA Weekend, in which his DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT® quizzes are read by millions.