The Civil War by Shelby Foote

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The Civil War: A Narrative (1958-1974) is a three volume, 2,968-page, 1.2 million-word history of the American Civil War by Shelby Foote. Although previously known as a novelist, Foote is most famous for this non-fictional narrative history. While it touches on political and social themes, the main thrust of the work is military history. The individual volumes include Fort Sumter to Perryville (1958), Fredericksburg to Meridian (1963), and Red River to Appomattox (1974).

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The 30th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on The Best Southern Nonfiction of All Time (Oxford American)
  2. - 15th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  3. - 93rd on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  4. - The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
  5. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (
  6. - 48 Good Books (University of Buffalo)
  7. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)

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