Complete Idiot’s Guide to American History

Complete Idiot’s Guide to American History

Alan Axelrod

Nonfiction / History / Biography

You’re no idiot, of course. You know who the first president was and who penned the Declaration of Independence. Yet even though the country is young in the eyes of the rest of the world, the United States became a superpower in fewer than 200 years. But you don’t have to brush the dust off your textbooks to learn more! The Complete Idiot’s Guide to American History, Third Edition, will bring you up to date on the most important events and people that forged this country—and those that continue to do so today.
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The 20 Most Significant Events of the Civil War

The 20 Most Significant Events of the Civil War

Alan Axelrod

Nonfiction / History / Biography

This is the first book to not only select the events that most influenced the causes and outcome of America's Civil War, but also to rank them in order of significance. In each of the book's 20 detailed essays, author/historian/speaker Alan Axelrod presents an engaging narrative about the event, and also explains how the event shaped the course of the war, and ultimately the future of the country.The author's selection and ranking criteria include:Effect as cause or trigger of the warDecisiveness: whether it was a war-winning or war-losing event (both in military terms and in terms of public opinion, morale, and support)Magnitude and scope: size and cost of a battleEnduring postwar significance in American history, politics, society, culture and/or in military history and technologyFrom Lincoln's Inauguration, Antietam, and John Brown's raid, to the New York draft riots and Stonewall Jackson dying as a result of friendly fire...
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