By Amanda Foreman
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during this exceptional narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the attention-grabbing tale of the yank Civil War—and the key position performed via Britain and its electorate in that epic fight. among 1861 and 1865, hundreds of thousands of British electorate volunteered for provider on each side of the Civil warfare. From the 1st cannon blasts on fortress Sumter to Lee’s give up at Appomattox, they served as officials and squaddies, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. via own letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters either humble and grand, whereas crafting a wide ranging but intimate view of the warfare at the entrance traces, within the legal camps, and within the nice towns of either the Union and the Confederacy. within the drawing rooms of London and the places of work of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman unearths the selections made, the ideals held and contested, and the private triumphs and sacrifices that eventually ended in the reunification of America.
“Engrossing . . . a sprawling drama.”—The Washington Post
“Eye-opening . . . immensely formidable and immensely accomplished.”—The New Yorker
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A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman