Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War

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The Civil War was so vast, so all-encompassing, that it is difficult to see the struggles of the individuals who participated therein or who were otherwise affected. So frequently are we confronted with only the statistics that we miss the marvels and tragedies of that pivotal point in our history.

Accompanied by segments of background information for the benefit of the neophyte are illustrated a few stories from the Civil War; these poignant tales demonstrate the confusion, the despair, the hatred, and the nihilism that inhumed so many.

If there is one word for this book, it would be moving. Yes, the pictures are lovely, and the supporting information is all relevant and helpful to the listener, but the power and beauty of the book comes from its accuracy; though most of the stories are fictional, they all represent events that happened numerous times during the war, and they allow the reader to experience a taste of what those at the time felt.

This book is stunning; every Civil War enthusiast should read it to move beyond the strategy and battles to the common men and women who suffered.

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Author Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and Ari Kelman
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher Hill and Wang
Publish Date 05-May-2015
ISBN 9780809094745
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Issue July 2015
Category Sequential Art


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