My Rating: A+
This was a great and fun little book. I've always had a soft spot for the Civil War but when I picked this up I really never thought I'd read it, or at least not the day I picked it up. But once realizing that there were many pictures (actually the books is probably 75% pictures I couldn't wait to find out what the words that went with them were.
Basically this is an outline of the Civil War, focusing on the big developments and battles, with tid bits of things that Abe Lincoln wrote in response to these battles. Inside there's the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation But I found the most interesting thing was the correspondence between Lincoln and both Grant and earlier, McClellan.
The book also led me to ask myself what I thought these men were thinking. The pictures are wonderful and you would be surprised how good they look. The portraits are some of my favorites ever, especially of U. S. Grant and P.G.T. Beauregard.
I recommend that if you can it your hands on this book, you read it. While reading another book it took me about three days, but I also took my time, as I wanted to savor it.