April 1865: The Month That Saved America

April 1865: The Month That Saved America

Jay Winik


April 1865 used to be a month that can have unraveled the country. as a substitute, it kept it. right here Jay Winik bargains a super new examine the Civil War's ultimate days that would endlessly swap the way in which we see the war's finish and the nation's new starting. Uniquely set in the greater sweep of background, full of wealthy profiles of outsize figures, clean iconoclastic scholarship, and a gripping narrative, this can be a masterful account of the thirty such a lot pivotal days within the lifetime of the United States.

It used to be no longer inevitable that the Civil battle might finish because it did, or that it can finish in any respect good. certainly, it virtually didn't. many times, severe moments can have plunged the kingdom again into struggle or shaped a miles harsher, extra violent, and unstable peace. Now, in a perfectly informed tale, Winik captures the epic pictures and amazing historical past as by no means earlier than. This one month witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond; a bold last-ditch Southern plan for guerrilla battle; Lee's harrowing retreat; after which Appomattox. It observed Lincoln's assassination simply 5 days later, and a near-successful plot to decapitate the Union govt, by way of chaos and coup fears within the North, collapsed negotiations and persisted bloodshed within the South, and at last, the beginning of nationwide reconciliation. in any case, April 1865 emerges as not only the story of the war's denouement, however the tale of the making of our nation.

Provocative, daring, exquisitely rendered, and stunningly unique, April 1865 is the 1st significant reassessment of the Civil War's shut and is destined to turn into one of many nice tales of yank history.

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