Long considered the standard text in the field, The Civil War and Reconstruction—originally written by James G. Randall and revised by David Donald—is now available in a thoroughly revised new edition prepared by David Donald, Jean H. Baker, and Michael F. Holt.
This basic text of Civil War and Reconstruction history examines both the standard military details, as well as the social, cultural, economic and political history of the period. Some space is reserved for discussion of women and the family, slavery and the African-American experience, and the experiences of the foot soldiers and the day to day challenges of fighting the war. Reconstruction is examined as a national, rather than sectional, problem, with parallel changes in the North and South. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)