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Any and all books about the civil war written by Jeff Shaara or his father Michael Shaara. Michael wrote (I think) two books about the civil war, then he passed away, and his son Jeff continued with the books. I have read 3 or 4 of them and highly recommend them.
JOHN JAMES NORTH AND SOUTH TRILOGY. IF WANT TO SEE WHAT THEY'RE ABOUT HAVE 2 ON MY BOOKSHELF THAT YOU CAN LOOK AT. BOOKS 1 & 3 I BELIEVE. I THINK THIS IS THE TYPE OF BOOKS YOUR LOOKING FOR ALSO HAVE A BOOK CALLED THE CHISHOLMS LISTED ABOUT MOVING WEST IN A WAGON TRAIN. FEEL FREE TO CHECK THEM OUT IF YOU WANT.
Maybe I should have listed some ot the ones I had already read or have on my bookshelf to read.
all of John Jakes books
The Widow of the South / Robert Hicks
When the World Ended:The Diary of Emma LeConte
Classic Civil War Stories / Lisa Purcell
Cold Mountaion / Charles Frasier
Civil War Ghosts / Daniel Cohen (read to my son)
Jubilee / Margaret Walker
Love in a Dry Season / Shelby Foote
Civil War Ghosts and Legends / Nancy Roberts
A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore / B. A. Botkins
Civil War Stories:Strange Tales, Oddities, Events and Coincedences / Webb Garrison
The Black Flower / Howard Bahr
One the Occasion of my Last Afternoon / Kaye Gibbons
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All / Allan Gurganus
Dixie Rising / Peter Applebome
Enemy Women / Paulette Jiles
The Killer Angels / Michael Shaara
The Last Full Measure / Jeff Shaara
Gods and Generals / Jeff Shaara
Battle Cry of Freedom / James M. McPherson
Abraham Lincoln / Benjamin P. Thomas
Honor and Violence in the Old South / Bertram Wyatt-Brown (if I can get past all the highlighting and underlining in it)
The Year of Jubilo / Howard Bahr
Freedom / William Safire
The Coming Fury / Bruce Catton
Glory Road / Bruce Catton
Heros of the Civil War / James V. Murfin
Lee Takes Command / Time Life
Stealing the General / Russell S. Bonds
Robert E. Lee's Civil War / Bevin Alexander
Paradise Alley / Kevin Baker
The Devil Knows How to Ride / Edward E. Leslie
Tom Taylors Civil War / Albert Castel
Personal Reminiscences of General Robert E. Lee / Rev. J. William Jones, D.D.
Sacred Dust / David Hill
The Confederate Nation 1861 * 1865 / Emory M. Thomas
The Richmond Raid / John Brick
A Country of Our Own / David Poyer
Fire on the Waters / David Poyer
Civil War Sites in Georgia / Jim Miles
I Rode with Stonewall / Henry Kyd Douglas
Into the Wilderness / Sara Donati
True Women / Janice Woods Windle
The Plantation Mistress / Catherine Clinton
Well these are the ones in front of me at the moment I have read several more but can not recall them at the moment.
Thanks to everyone for your recomendations. I am making a list of the ones I don't have so I can try and get them. LYN
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If you enjoyed Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker, there are two other books in the series you could read. The titles are Dreamland and Striver's Row.
I have a copy of The March by EL Doctorow listed on my shelf. It's set during the Civil War and focuses on General Sherman after he burned Atlanta and marched into the Carolinas. I haven't read any of Doctorow's other books, but I enjoyed this one.
Thanks Valli A. I have not read Paradise Alley yet. I will moved it up on my list now though. As soon as some of the books I have mailed are marked received I will probably send you a request. I have been on a book binge for several days now and used up all but 1 point. lol. Do you have your books listed on Bookmooch? If you do I have lots of points left there.
There are several copies of The March available here, so no rush. I do have my books on BM, if you decide you want it. I aways have more points there than here too for some reason. Probably because I don't browse there. I use it just for wishlist books.
I have two very enthusiastic recommendations about the Civil War. One is a book that won many national awards -
MARCH by Geraldine Brooks This is a novel about the March family from "Little Women" and focus' on the story of the absent Father and what happens to him as a chaplain in the Civil War. It is beautifully written, historically accurate and one of my favorite books of the last few years.
My other very enthusiastic recommendation is a Civil War series about a fictional character named Abel Jones. They are classified as Mystery/Suspense but these books transcend any kind of classification. The author is OWEN PARRY. The titles in order are:
FADED COAT OF BLUE
SHADOWS OF GLORY
CALL EACH RIVER JORDAN
BOLD SONS OF ERIN
REBELS IN BABYLON
I love these books. They take you back to the 1860's and make you feel as if you are actually THERE in that time period. These books are simply riveting and powerful. The writing is beautiful and the characters vividly and wonderfully drawn by the author. If you enjoy Civil War stories - do not miss these books.
Lonnie Coleman is the Beaulah Land series author, they are quite old and may be hard to find now. I too enjoyed them back in the day! Don't forget Gone With The Wind, it is very good, takes you from Ante Bellum through Reconstruction, giving a very personal view of the whole timeframe.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson is a really beautiful book that is tangentially about the Civil War/Reconstruction. The narrator recalls bits of his family's history from the mid nineteenth century. So it's more about the generations that follow, but interesting to see the impact of the the war....