Forces. Readers of history looking for a fresh take on a familiar topic are those most likely to enjoy reading Adam Goodheart’s 1861: The Civil War Awakening. Goodheart uses the 450 pages of this book to explore an answer to the question of what forces drove peaceful Americans into a bloody civil war in a relatively short period of time. Goodheart breaks down the answer to the question through a series of stories about the people and events that transformed the entire nation. These stories are presented with insight and context and through writing that will engage most readers.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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