In early March 1861, civil war loomed. By late April, Americans had begun to kill their fellow citizens. "Cry Havoc!" recounts in riveting detail the events that divided the states and reveals how quirks of timing, character, and place all conspired to transform the nation into a battlefield. Unabridged. 1 MP3 CD.
One of the virtues of Mr. Lankford s approach is to put readers in the minds of ordinary Americans trying to make sense of volatile events. War did not seem inevitable: most Americans had lived with sectional conflict and inflammatory political talk for most of their lives. The North-South split was never clean. And consequences were never clear.