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April 1865: The Month That Saved America

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Jay Winik

There are a few books that belong on the shelf of every Civil War buff: James M. McPherson'sBattle Cry of Freedom, one of the better Abraham Lincoln biographies, something on Robert E. Lee, perhaps Shelby Foote's massive trilogyThe Civil War. … see full wiki

Author: Jay Winik
Genre: History
Publisher: HarperCollins
2 reviews about April 1865: The Month That Saved America
review by . September 11, 2010
Fateful Decisions
By the first of April, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln knew that at long last victory over the Confederacy was at hand. He was relieved and elated, but also deeply worried. How would the south react to the defeat? How would the victorious north treat the southerners? How would the former slaves manage their freedom? And how could a new Union be forged? In April, 1865, Jay Winik answers those questions, reviewing what could have been had different decisions been made by countless key individuals. …
review by . May 29, 2001
This book is so well written that it reads almost like a novel! I was immediately pulled into the narrative, and even though I knew how the book would end, I was mesmerized by the language and structure of the work. It covers a lot of familiar territory, but gives a new twist to many of the decisions made in the fateful month of the book's title. When you think about it, just one or two different decisions by key persons, and the entire history of our country could have been different. According …
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