Marvel, William

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Radical Sacrifice: The Rise and Ruin of Fitz John Porter

Marvel fills his work with meticulous, well-documented details on the span of Porter’s life, from his early years in a military family, through his previous military career in Mexico and Utah, to his ongoing devotion to clearing his name. Such precision occasionally bogs down the generally lively narrative, but both Civil War buffs and military historians will find this book essential to understanding the complex soldier.

West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire

Readers interested in the South and Confederacy will benefit from this fine work that broadens our understanding of this important era of American history.


Lincoln's Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton

A complex work that will appeal to Civil War scholars and general readers who want a deeper treatment of Stanton than found in Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals.

Mr. Lincoln Goes to War

Marvel recasts Lincoln as a political stumbler who mishandled the crisis at Fort Sumter, abused his executive power to keep Border States in the Union, interfered in military matters, and violated civil liberties...

Tarnished Victory

While present-day supporters of the "Lost Cause" may enjoy this, those seeking a more balanced approach should consult James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom.

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