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2022 Book Selections

Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain

2021 Book Selections

Jeff Schaara, Smoke at Dawn 
Edward Achorn, Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abe Lincoln
Joshua Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: An Account of the Final Campaign of the Army of the Potomac, Based on Personal Reminiscences of the 5th Army Corps  
Timothy B. Smith, The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi
Allen Gosnell, Guns on the Western Waters: The Story of Gunboats in the Civil War
David Herbert Donald, We Are Lincoln Men
Megan Kate Nelson, The Three Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West
C. Van Woodward (editor), The Strange Career of Jim Crow, 2nd edition
Zachary A. Fry, A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac

2020 Book Selections

Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
Cate Lineberry, Live Free or Die: Robert Smalls Story
Allen Guelzo, Lincoln and Douglass: The Debates that Defined America
Robert M. Browning, Lincoln’s Trident: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron 
Brian Lusky, Men is Cheap: Exposing the Frauds of the Free Labor in Civil War America
Donald Stoker, The Grand Design Strategy and The U.S. Civil War

2019 Book Selections

Ron Chernow, Grant
William C. Davis, The Cause Lost
Richard White, Republic for Which it Stands
Shelby Foote, Shiloh
Drew Faust, Republic of Suffering
Louisa May Alcott, Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War
Charles Strozier, Lincoln’s Quest for Union: A Psycho Biography
James McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Men Who Fought
David Blight, Fredrick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
Joanne B. Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Cory M. Pfarr, Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Assessment
Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, They Were Her Property: White Women and Slave Owners in the American South

2018 Book Selections

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals
Fred Kaplan, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer
John Stauffer, Giants: The Parallel Lives of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
Harriett Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Robert P. Broadwater, Battle of Despair: Bentonville and the N.C. Campaign
Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, A Savage War: A Military History;
James Robertson, Standing Like a Stone Wall: The Life of General Thomas Jackson
Jeff Shaara, The Fateful Lightning: A Novel of the Civil War
Bruce Catton, Mr. Lincoln’s Army

2017 Book Selections

Kenneth S. Greenberg, editor, The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents, second ed.
Gregory J. Wallance, Two Men Before the Storm: Arba Crane’s Recollection of Dred Scott and the Supreme Court Case That Started the Civil War
Ethan Greenberg, Dred Scott and the Dangers of a Political Court
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage​
Stephen Vincent Benet, John Brown’s Body​
Bruce Catton, A Stillness at Appomattox​

2016 Book Selections

Drew Faust, Mothers of Invention; Women of the Slaveholding South in the Civil War
James McPherson, The War that Forged a Nation; Why the Civil War Still Matters
Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Don H. Doyle, The Cause of All Nations 
Christopher Dickey, Our Man in Charleston
Mark E. Neely, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties
Gordon Rhea, Carrying the Flag, The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero
Sven Beckert, The Empire of Cotton​
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
Paul Alan Cimbala, Veterans North and South: The Transition from Soldier to Civilian after the American Civil War​
James M. McPherson, Antietam: The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War​

2015 Book Selections

Karen Abbott, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
Jay Wernick, April, 1865
James McPherson, Embattled Rebel, Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief
James Oakes, Freedom National: Destruction of Slavery in the United States
Thomas Fleming, A Disease in the Public Mind
Joan Cashin, The War Was You and Me
Jim Downs, Sick From Freedom
Craig Symonds, Lincoln and His Admirals
T. Harry Williams, Lincoln and His Generals
Jane Singer and John Stewart, Lincoln's Secret Spy: The Civil War Case That Changed The Future Of Espionage
Edward Steers and Harold Holzer, eds., The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators ("Washington's 1865 Guantanamo")

2014 Book Selections

  • James Conroy, Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865
  • Jack Hurst, Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest: Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga
  • Bruce Levine, Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South
  • Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
  • Brian R. Dirck, Lincoln & Davis, Imagining America 1809-1865
  • Jeffrey Wert, General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's Most Controversial Soldier, A Biography
  • Peter Carlson, Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
  • Charles Sanders, While in the Hands of the Enemy

2013 Book Selections

  • Stephen B. Oates, To Purge This Land With Blood: Biography of John Brown 
  • Lea VanderVelde, Mrs. Dred Scott, A Life on Slavery’s Frontier
  • Drew G. Faust, This Republic of Suffering  
  • Richard N. Current, Lincoln and the First Shot 
  • Benson Bobrick, Master of War: The Life of George H. Thomas
  • Shelby Foote, The Civil War, Vol. 1 (Fort Sumter to Perryville)
  • John J. Hennessy, Return to Bull Run
  • Adam Goodheart, 1861
  • Amanda Foreman, A World on Fire
  • Ulysses S. Grant, Memoirs 
  • Kenneth S. Greenberg, Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory

2012 Book Selections

  • Gary Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg
  • Jean Baker, Mary Todd
  • Catherine Clinton, Mrs. Lincoln: A Life
  • John Fabian Witt, Lincoln's Code
  • David A. Nichols, Lincoln and the Indians
  • John S. Mosby, Memoirs of John S. Mosby
  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Bayonet! Forward! My Civil War