A review of a new book by Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and professor of history at Gettysburg College, was featured The Saturday Evening Post. The book, "Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War & Reconstruction," examines the conflict beyond the battlefields.
From the Evening Post:
Book Review: Fateful Lightning
Allen C. Guelzo’s new book should occupy the same position in the current Civil War sesquicentennial as Bruce Catton’s books did 50 years ago during the war’s centennial.
Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War & Reconstruction deserves this prominence for Guelzo’s thorough knowledge of the subject, his ability to draw fresh conclusion, and his exceptional writing skills.
The book encompasses the conflict beyond the war, starting with the early challenges to the union in the 1830s and continuing to the collapse of Reconstruction in the 1880s.
This broad context enables readers to understand how a national conflict went far, far beyond the deaths. Rather than simply ending his account with a reassuring image of Lee and Grant being all gallant and noble at Appomattox, it continued into the decades of Southern intransigence, bitter division in Washington, and the North’s slow abandonment of equal rights for freedmen.