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29 Best Civil War Books of All Time

(Updated 2021) Our goal was to create the best list of Civil War books on the internet.
To remain objective and unbiased, we looked at the 5 most popular“best Civil War books" articles online (we chose 5 because anything more than that diluted our quality).

Our rationale was simple: If a book only appears in one article, it’s probably just the journalist’s opinion, but if it appears in two or more, it’s probably worth checking out!
Below you’ll find which books made the cut 😊

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  1. 1

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3

    Race and Reunion

    David W. Blight

    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 4
    Appears in 4 articles
  5. 5

    Cold Mountain

    Charles Frazier

    Appears in 3 articles
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    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7

    The Killer Angels

    Various Authors

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 9

    The Destructive War

    Charles Royster

    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 3 articles
  12. 12
    Appears in 3 articles
  13. 13

    Landscape Turned Red

    Stephen W. Sears

    Appears in 3 articles
  14. 14

    The March

    E.L. Doctorow

    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15

    The Lost Cause

    Edward Pollard

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16

    The Life of Johnny Reb

    Bell Irvin Wiley

    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20

    Sherman's March

    Burke Davis

    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23

    Mothers of Invention

    Drew Gilpin Faust

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 24

    Lee's Lieutenants

    Douglas Southall Freeman

    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 25

    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell

    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 26

    Forged in Battle

    Joseph T. Glatthaar

    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 27

    For Cause and Comrades

    James M. McPherson

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 28

    Company Aytch

    Samuel R. Watkins

    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 29
    Appears in 2 articles

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