William-Wells-BrownStephen Cushman, Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Ezra Greenspan, William Wells Brown: An African American Life (Norton, 2014).

Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Knopf, 2014).

John F. Marszalek, Lincoln and the Military (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014).

Michael A. Ross, The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Christian G. Samito ed., Commanding Boston’s Irish Ninth: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney, Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Fordham University Press, 1998).

Edward Steers, Jr., Lincoln’s Assassination (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014).

Mark W. Summers, The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

John C. Waugh, Lincoln and the War’s End (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014).

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  1. Thanks for the update, Kevin.

    I’ve been very impressed with the Concise Lincoln Library put out by SIU Press (I reviewed Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops by John David Smith for the Lincoln Herald). My only “complaint” with them so far is that most of the titles are weighted toward the presidential years (not really surprising) at the expense of the pre-presidential years. Looking at their announced titles through 2016, that seems to remain. In my review, I noted that books on Lincoln and Women (his mother and Ann Rutledge, especially), Lincoln and New Salem, and Lincoln and his Biographers would be welcome additions to the library. Of course, it’s possible such books will be forthcoming. Nonetheless, the entire enterprise is a beneficial source of knowledge for the student of Lincoln.

    Cushman’s book also sounds interesting.

    Best
    Rob

    • Hi Rob,

      I agree. I especially enjoyed reading William C. Harris’s volume on Lincoln and the Union governors. There is so very little on this particular subject. Cushman’s Bloody Promenade, which is about the Wilderness, is well worth reading.

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