Item description for Fields of Fury: The American Civil War by James M. McPherson...
Overview Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War.
Publishers Description Pulitzer Prize award-winning historian James M. McPherson has written for young readers a stirring account of the greatest conflict to happen on our nation's soil, the Civil War, bringing to life the tragic struggle that divided not only a nation, but also friends and family. From the initial Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, to the devastating loss of life at Shiloh as Ulysses S. Grant led the Union to unexpected victory, to the brilliance of Stonewall Jackson's campaign at Shenandoah, to General Pickett's famous charge at Gettysburg, to the Union's triumph at Appo-mattox Court House, "Fields of Fury" details the war that helped shape us as a nation. Also included are personal anecdotes from the soldiers at the battlefront and the civilians at home, as well as profiles of historical luminaries such as Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and Ulysses S. Grant. McPherson also explores the varied roles that women played during the war, healthcare on the battlefield, and the demise of slavery. McPherson's narrative is highlighted with black-and-white photographs taken by Civil War photographers Mathew Brady and Timothy O'Sullivan, period oil paintings, and key campaign and battlefield maps, that make "Fields of Fury" the consummate book on the American Civil War for kids.
Awards and Recognitions Fields of Fury: The American Civil War by James M. McPherson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Grand Canyon Reader Award - 2007 Nominee - Nonfiction category
Citations And Professional Reviews Fields of Fury: The American Civil War by James M. McPherson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 899
Kirkus Review - Children - 09/01/2002 page 1315
School Library Journal - 10/01/2002 page 188
New York Times - 11/17/2002 page 47
Booklist - 11/15/2002 page 586
Bookpage - 01/01/2003 page 28
ALA Best Books Young Adults - 03/15/2003 page 1290
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 199
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 52
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2003 page 66
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 199
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 532
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 599
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 738
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.3" Width: 10.4" Height: 0.3" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2002
ISBN 0689848331 ISBN13 9780689848339
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More About James M. McPherson
James M. McPherson is Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University. His books include The Struggle for Equality, Marching Toward Freedom, and Ordeal by Fire.
James M. McPherson currently resides in the state of New York. James M. McPherson has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton University.
James M. McPherson has published or released items in the following series...
Library of America
New York Review Books Classics
Oxford History of the United States (Paperback)
Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History, Louisia
Reviews - What do customers think about Fields of Fury: The American Civil War?
Fields of Fury: The American Civil War Dec 11, 2007
Fields of Fury: The American Civil War is extremely well organized and extremely well written. Sparkling writing and compelling reading create a moving account of the Civil War. There are very good time lines, pictures, maps, illustrations and quick facts. This is the kind of writing to which all of our children need to be exposed. The book could be an excellent reference for children who are writing papers about this historical period. The author, James M. McPherson, PhD. is an expert on the Civil War. He is a Princeton University professor and the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the book Battle Cry of Freedom.
A concise juvenile history of the American Civil War May 14, 2003
James M. McPherson won the Pulitzer Prize for "Battle Cry of Freedom," so he certainly brings impressive credentials to this history of the Civil War for younger readers. "Fields of Fury: The American Civil War" is done as a series of two-page spreads. The right side is a full-page photograph, map, painting, or other illustration; the left side contains 3-5 paragraphs of text, a sidebar of Quick Facts, and some smaller illustrations. After background section on the origins of the Civil War, the slavery issues, and Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the rest of the book is structure around the major battles of the war from Fort Sumter to Appomattox. In between there are looks at both the military side of the war (e.g., the Anaconda Plan, Andersonville prison) and civilian life (e.g., Women at War). The book concludes with a look at Reconstruction, which is followed by a Glossary, decent Bibliography, Civil War Sites on the Web, and Index.
"Field of Fury" touches upon a lot of Civil War topics in a concise manner, using not only descriptions of the battles but personal anecdotes from the soldiers at the battlefront and the civilians at home. Major politicians and soldiers are profiled as well. The result is a solid introduction to the topic of the Civil War. McPherson's narrative is accompanied by black-and-white photographs by Civil War photographers Mathew Brady and Timothy O'Sullivan, period oil paintings, and key campaign and battlefield maps. The result is a nice little introduction to the Civil War with excellent production values, although this is a lot of information for young readers to absord. If a student was looking at a particular topic like the Emancipation Proclamation or a specific battle like Vicksburg, then "Fields of Fury" provides some basic information. You will not get a lot of depth, but you will get some sense of context. This book can also work as a supplemental text to a juvenile history of the Battle of Gettysburg or Sherman's March to the Sea n providing that sort of context as well.
Enthralling Jan 27, 2003
Although this book is geared towards 9-12 year olds, it is easily educational for kids five times that age. The pictures are fantastic and present emotions and details that I have not seen in many other Civil War books. Although we bought this book for my son, I would easily have bought it for myself. It really does put you smack in the middle of that time period. Very impressive.
A book everybody should read Jan 15, 2003
It's a great book that everybody should read. It has got lots of facts about the Civil War. It tells a lot about the people that were involved. I learned that there was a plan named Anaconda Plan where the Union surrounded the South and then they would cut off all their supplies and that John Wilkes Booth had a brother.