Civil War Book Review: The New York Times The Complete Civil War 1861-1865

by James Durney on March 14, 2011 · 1 comment

The New York Times The Complete Civil War 1861-1865
edited by Harold Holzer & Craig L. Symonds

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; Har/Dvdr edition (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128456

Events as they happen

The New York Times The Complete Civil War 1861-1865 edited by Harold Holzer and Craig L. SymondsThe New York Times is one of America’s oldest daily newspapers, being a staple in many homes and offices for over 150 years.  During the Civil War the Times was not to premiere newspaper but it was an important one.  Occupying the political center between the Democratic supporting Herald and the liberal Republican Tribune, the Times tried to maintain a generally pro-administration position.  At the same time, the paper was careful not to be to supportive and to ask questions that may not have easy answers.

The editors have chosen the most important articles for the book.  This is a large coffee table size book with numerous illustrations.  The book can be a sit and read or a pickup and browse item.  It will make a great gift for anyone interested in history or a fan of the Times.  A detailed Chronology of each year is included as is an index.

The biggest value might be the DVD-ROM with “every single article” the Times published during this time.  Presented as a searchable or readable unit, it allows you to see what is reported as events occurred.  The paper’s date gives us an idea of how long it took to reach print.  I have spent more time with this item than with reading the book.  Take an hour, read about the Battle of Gettysburg and the draft riot in the city.  This is what the people knew about these events at the time.  In addition, you will see the amount of bad information the public had during the war.

In addition to war coverage, you will be able to “see” New York City in the 1860s.  This very well done handsome book will provide hours of enjoyment and information.

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Dick Stanley March 16, 2011 at 4:03 am

Sounds like the DVD-ROM would be the most valuable, though I suppose it never would be sold separately.


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