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James M. McPherson
James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, Crossroads of Freedom (which was a New York Times bestseller), Abraham Lincoln... show more



James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, Crossroads of Freedom (which was a New York Times bestseller), Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, which won the Lincoln Prize.

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Birth date: October 11, 1936
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markk rated it 1 month ago
I first read James McPherson's classic history of the Civil War era when I was in high school. At the time I had a pretty callow understanding of history; because of this, while I took a lot from McPherson's book, many of his arguments and details went largely unappreciated. In the years that follow...
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markk rated it 1 year ago
A few years ago I decided I wanted to read a naval history of the Civil War. To my surprise, I learned that, for all that has been written about the conflict, there are relatively few books about its naval aspects and the ones I found proved disappointing. Had I waited a little longer I would have d...
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Book Thoughts rated it 2 years ago
I enjoyed this short book of academic essay by the most famous Civil War historian James McPherson. The essays look at specific aspects of Lincoln as President including his use of metaphors, his single-minded focus on complete victory in the War, and his views on liberty. Great read for people wi...
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Book Thoughts rated it 3 years ago
This is the shortest biography I have ever read. McPherson is one of the most recognized Civil War writers in the world, and this is his very short biography of the life of Lincoln. There is nothing new here and there are no controversial stances taken. It is simply a straightforward telling of L...
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Book Thoughts rated it 4 years ago
This was a very short introduction to the political and military life of Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. It was at best an introduction, and does not provide any real in-depth analysis of Davis or his decisions. I have not read very much about Davis, but I still did not feel like I learned a...
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