To be honest, the last thing that I need to be reading is another book on Abraham Lincoln given everything that has been published over the past few years. However, I have to say that I am thoroughly enjoying Eric Foner’s new book on Lincoln and slavery and I suspect that it will quickly establish itself as the standard study – highly recommended. I will also have quite a lot to say about Earl Hess’s new book on the Crater, which is by far the most thorough study of the battle. Hess adds quite a bit to our understanding of the racial aspect of the battle.
Shearer Davis Bowman, At the Precipice: Americans North and South During the Secession Crisis (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).
Paul A. Cimbala and Randall M. Miller, The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction As America’s Continuing Civil War, (Fordham University Press, 2010).
Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and Slavery (Norton, 2010).
Earl J. Hess, Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg, (University of South Carolina Press, 2010).
Kate Masur, An Example For All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle for Equality in Washington, D.C. (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).
Louis P. Masur, The Civil War: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2011).