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[CIVIL WAR] THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT
Richmond, Virginia: Garrett and Massie, Incorporated, .
Reprint Edition. Two quarto volumes; in the publihser’s gray cloth with onlays of the Confederate battle flags; xxx. 604 pages, including the Index; xxix; 675 pages, including the index; the coated title pages have the colorful Confederate flags printed on them, and have some minor loss from (we presume) silverfish (we presume as well that the little varmints like the coating on the endpapers; there is some scattered foxing.~~An attractive the reprint edition of this two-volume set. Though Nevins says that it “[c]onceals more than it reveals” [Nevins II, 51] it is nonetheless a cornerstone book of Civil War history. In is an ITC book, and Harwell notes that “[a]s President Davis’s own account this book is obviously of great importance” ... noting that “[i]t is, however, not an open as one would wish, and Davis’ argumentative and legalistic tendencies make the reading of it heavy going.” [ITC, 34]. Douglas Freeman, in Lee’s Lieutenants, noted wryly that it is “[n]ot nearly so accurate as President Davis thought it was”. And finally Eicher characterizes the work as a “pseudo-magnum opus of the Confederacy” and “disappointing in all respects”. Despite these faults, it is a landmark book. (Howes D-120; Nevins II, 51; ITC 34; Eicher 154).
Very Good binding.