“Civil War: A Visual History” is a coffee table book put out by Parragon Books (website | Twitter) to commemorate the 150thanniversary. While the book is billed as a coffee table book, it is of the smaller variety and is portable.
- 224 pages
- Publisher: Parragon Books
- Language: English
- ISBN: 1445440377
The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “The Civil War: A Visual History” to be given out– enter at the end of the post.
My rating for The Civil War: A Visual History – 5
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“Civil War: A Visual History” is an amazing book which will make you stop and reflect on the Civil War and all it encompassed. The book gives a glimpse into the years before, during and after the Civil War.
I have gone through the book several times; one time is simply not enough. The collection is not just of photographs, but also political cartoons, playing cards, newspaper articles and my favorite – personal photos. I’ve brought this book to work and had many people stop by my desk to take a look, they were all impressed with the imagery and the quality of the book.
Granted – most were men but I would still put this book out on the coffee table or in my home office.
Each chapter has very little narrative, usually a letter or article from the time, to give the reader some background of what they’re looking at (and picture captions of course). Even though the text was basic, I thought it was well chosen and very poignant.
The Confederate Seal
A few years ago I’ve had a “phase” where I read only books about the Civil War. I’ve read fiction, non-fiction, biographies, etc. basically any book I could get my hands on. It was an immensely interesting time period which I found fascinating.
Not only are the stories about the Civil War fascinating and interesting, but as this book reminds us, it also changed the war. Photography had a wide impact on the public’s perception on anything involved with the war, from the battlefield to the leaders.
Here is a wonderful article about how Civil War photography changed war.
The book is divided into 10 chapters each covers a different subject (“Front Lines”, “Home Front”, “Prisons”, etc.). Each of the chapters has a short personal narrative and a wonderful collection of images printed on quality paper.
In addition to the book, Parragon will also release a companion app with video interviews, Artist Charles, W. Reed’s sketchbook, musical scores and more.
Zohar – Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
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