Maury Klein ï 9 readLots of details in the correspondence Amazed at the intricate timelining that Klein sed keeping track of all the events and communications in this 4 month period Reviews of this book as novel like were accurate I was interested in this book because of my recent visit to Charleston and Fort Sumter The book covers events in the US just prior to and including April 1861 *When The Confederacy Decided To Bombard The Federal Fort In *the Confederacy decided to bombard the Federal fort in Harbor It is a detailed look at the events politics factionalism and the people who influenced those events Slavery was of course the major issue but it was overshadowed purposely by the issue of secession along with the the attendant roles of the Federal government and states rights It was interesting to get the perspective of the London Times reporter William Russell as he was able to A readable fast moving history of the secession crisis and the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter Klein describes all of the various political maneuvering and strategic debates in
the North and the South in a well paced readable fashionKleinNorth and the South in a well paced readable fashionKlein primarily concerned with the forts crisis in Charleston and describes events here in an engaging lively way Despite compromise proposal after compromise proposal both short and long term the northern Republicans would not budge regarding the extension of slavery and likewise the South saw the loss of its hold on the presidency as a threat to its own institutions namely slavery These die hard positions made things exceedingly difficult for those inclined to compromise For many secession was a direct threat to the very concept of republican government Needless to say the whole tone of the narrative has a grim almost fatalistic tone Secession Klein writes was not an arcane concept that southerners only rarely considered but a deliberate threat that they
took pretty damn seriously a house wine always on hand in Klein s wordsKlein bringspretty damn seriously a house wine always on hand in Klein s wordsKlein brings lot of characters into this story but he often only refers to them later he ll introduce so and so briefly in this section and then mention their actual actions in detail much later which can get a little confusing at times The descriptions of some of these characters seem excessive an entire chapter is dedicated to the personal lives of some minor South Carolina figures Klein also calls the North s theories of a Great Slave Conspiracy in which wily southern interests supported the Kansas Nebraska Act to gain a foothold for slavery in free territory absurd although there is some truth to. His country has ever faced With a masterful eye for telling detail Maury Klein provides fascinating new insights into the period from the election of Abraham Lincoln to the shelling of Fort SumterKlein brings the key players in the tragedy nforgettably to life from the vacillating lame duck President Buchanan to the taciturn .
When I was an ndergraduate at the University of Rhode Island professor Klein assigned his own book for his Civil War thus I was already off while going into the reading However the story was incredibly interesting and I loved the way he presented it The academic historian in me was reluctant at first for take heed this is a popular history book The whole thing read as an exciting novel that I *could just not put down Truth be told I was entertained *just not put down Truth be told I was entertained I loved it I became obsessed with the Civil War in
Junior High After Watching The Miniseries North And South Andhigh after watching the miniseries North and South and since then read books than I can remember on the topic But this volume deals with a weak spot in my knowledge that I didn t even realize was so incomplete I ve always thought of the outbreak of war in terms of 1Lincoln s election 2South Carolina s succession 3the fall of Fort Sumper That s correct but oh so simplified Days of Defiance spends 400 plus pages fleshing out that outline While a lot of it was interesting I would have been happy with 200 pages The middle section of the book goes into great detail about all the different negotiations taking place in the Senate and House as they tried to reach some sort of compromise that would keep the country together Of greater interest to me was learning about the infighting in Lincoln s cabinet the perceptions of the London Times reporter William Howard Russell and the details about all the communication faux pas that complicated the months leading Les brumes d'avalon : roman up to warI actually chose to read this book in preparation for mypcoming trip to Charleston so I was most interested in the parts of Days of Defiance that narrated events within South Carolina I ll be visiting Fort Sumter so I loved learning all about the siege 35 stars Days of Defiance tells the story of the lead p to the Civil War primarily in Washington DC and Charleston South Carolina The story is told from the perspective of many of the main participants of the political battles and last minute negotiations to prevent a war from starting at that point Klein s writing alternated from being fluid and readable to confusing and overblown with period vocabulary The sheer volume of detailed names and anecdotes ended p overwhelming me with facts and the transitions from politicians to Mary Chestnut s journal entries were freuently jarring This is a great secondary source for students of the times but I did not see it as an easy read for the non history buff Style of this very well researched book with. Illuminating and well written Deserves a place in the highest ranks of Civil War scholarship The Cleveland Plain DealerIn November 1860 telegraph lines carried the news that Abraham Lincoln had been elected president Over the next five months the United States drifted stumbled and finally plunged into the most destructive war This Buchanan for example attempted to influence *Supreme
justice Grier to go along with the majority on the Dred Scott caseA well *Court justice Grier to go along with the southern majority on the Dred Scott caseA well compelling and dramatic history Not just one of the best books you ll ever read about the complicated period leading p to the Civil War but one of the best history books you ll ever read period An excellent back and forth view of Southern and Northern personalities that led to the firing on Sumter It covers the period between Lincoln s election and that event I left once persuaded that although the immediate cause of the war was about a state s right to leave the nion the Celtic Fire (Rogue Angel, underlying cause was always slavery How often have we learned that once Lincoln was elected the South seceded This book delves into the period right before the election the 4 candidates and how the vote went the inability of President Buchanan to keep the countrynified the attempts to negotiate and finally the Ft Sumter battle that got the war goingWell written and a great deal of info new Many of the states such ascourt justice grier to go along with the
Virginia Had A Hard Timehad a hard time the Union Virginia had many leaders who were strong Unionists and the convention to secede took 17 rounds of voting before the vote to secede was officialThere were options put forth as well The South was demanding new slave states and the North agreed to let New Mexico in as a slave state for the very reason that leading experts said that even if slavery were legal there would not be any as cotton could not grow Another option was to have 2 presidents This clearly did not go far Secretary Seward suggested with The Family Plan utmost seriousness the importance of declaring war on England France or Spain as a way to keep the Southern states loyal Everyone viewed his thoughts on this as wackyInteresting time Out with one of the most corrupt presidents in with one of the most beloved This book gives a surprisingly readable detail of the events leadingp to Fort Sumter From beatings in the halls of Congress to the riotous streets of Charleston SC this book begins the journey which would A Family Practice ultimately lead to what I consider to be the one of the defining moments in our nation s history I love the Civil War and I don t believe you can comprehend the American experience without annderstanding of the Civil WarVerily thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina which will A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity ultimately terminate in the death and misery of many souls Doctrine and Covenants 871. Lusive and relativelynknown Abraham Lincoln; from Secretary of State Seward carrying on his own private negotiations with the South to Major Robert Anderson sitting in his island fortress awaiting reinforcements Never has this immensely significant moment in our national story been so intelligently of so spellbindingly relate.