The Bookshelf

The digital home of book reviews and author interviews—and your source of the most up-to-date information on all things Civil War literature

Published 7/20/2016

EGAN: The Immortal Irishman (2016)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

Egan relates Meagher's steadfastness as commander of the Irish Brigade—steadfastness in the face of the mass slaughter of his men in battle after battle.

Published 7/13/2016

BLUMENTHAL: A Self-Made Man (2016)

By: Robert O. Faith Category: Book Reviews

"Ultimately," Blumenthal argues, "Lincoln became the master of events because he was the master of politics."

Published 7/6/2016

HODES: Mourning Lincoln (2015)

By: Bruce W. Eelman Category: Book Reviews

[D]eft use of personal papers, diaries, letters, and a host of other primary sources reveals how the president's death both unified and further divided the country in the wake of war...

Published 6/29/2016

SHULTZ & MINGUS: The Second Day at Gettysburg (2015)

By: Thomas J. Ryan Category: Book Reviews

Shultz and Mingus have set a new standard for the July 2 action at Gettysburg, especially with regard to the critical engagements that took place toward the center of the line on Cemetery Ridge.

Published 6/29/2016

ROSS: Free State of Jones (2016)

By: Matthew C. Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

...one Lost Cause trope after another is shattered against the gritty counter-narrative of men and women who temporarily erased the color line in defiance of everything the architects of the Confederate Experiment hoped to achieve.

Published 6/22/2016

HOOPER: Lincoln's Generals' Wives (2016)

By: Antoinette G. van Zelm Category: Book Reviews

Candice Shy Hooper explores how Jessie Benton Fremont, Mary Ellen March McClellan, Eleanor Ewing Sherman, and Julia Dent Grant motivated, guided, encouraged and occasionally clashed with their famous husbands during the Civil War.

Published 6/15/2016

PHILLIPS: The Rivers Ran Backward (2016)

By: James G. Kopaczewski Category: Book Reviews

By focusing on the Middle Border, Phillips expands our understandings of the West and forces historians to reconsider the North-South sectional binary.

Published 6/8/2016

PANHORST: The Memorial Art and Architecture of Vicksburg National Military Park (2015)

By: John D. Fowler Category: Book Reviews

By the end of the 1920s, the park was covered in statues, busts, and reliefs of Vicksburg's Confederate defenders and Union conquerors, all lining a circuitous route around the massive earthworks...

Published 6/1/2016

MEDFORD: Lincoln and Emancipation (2015)

By: Glenn David Brasher Category: Book Reviews

Scholars will find...a useful synthesis with interesting vignettes involving a wide cast of characters, but this concise book will prove particularly effective in undergraduate courses.

Published 5/25/2016

HUBBARD (ed.): Lincoln, the Law, and Presidential Leadership (2015)

By: Robert O. Faith Category: Book Reviews

Is there anything new to be written about Abraham Lincoln's relationship to the law during his careers as lawyer and president?