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    Not just one of the best books you'll ever read about the complicated period leading up to the Civil War but one of the best history books you'll ever read period

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    Style of this very well researched book with lots of details in the correspondence Amazed at the intricate timelining that Klein used keeping track of all the events and communications in this 4 month period Reviews of this book as n

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    When I was an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island professor Klein assigned his own book for his Civil War class thus I was already turned off while going into the reading However the story was incredibly interesting and

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    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 ab

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    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 inclu

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    I became obsessed with the Civil War in junior high after watching the miniseries North and South and have 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 1Linco

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    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 co

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    A readable fast moving history of the secession crisis and the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter Klein describes al

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    Days of Defiance tells the story of the lead up 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 f

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    This book gives a surprisingly readable detail of the events leading up to Fort Sumter From beatings in the halls of Congress to the riotous s

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Read ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Î Maury Klein

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 t. Not just one of the best books you ll ever read about the complicated period leading up to the Civil War but one of the best history books you ll ever read period

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Days of Defiance Sumter Secession and the Coming of the Civil War

Lusive and relatively unknown 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. 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 fashionKlein is 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 brings a 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 this Buchanan for example attempted to influence Supreme Court justice Grier to go along with the southern majority on the Dred Scott caseA well researched compelling and dramatic history

Read ê eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Î Maury Klein

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 unforgettably to life from the vacillating lame duck President Buchanan to the taciturn e. 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 Charleston 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 give a somewhat unbiased review of events as they unfolded The Southern oligarchy hated northerners New Englanders and abolitionists in particular and likewise northerners hated the southern oligarchs Southerners had ruled Congress for years but were losing their grip They knew their days were numbered and big changes detrimental to their way of life were forthcoming by the time Lincoln and the Republicans won the 1860 election Russell believed that the North would win the war because they had the manufacturing infrastructure He thought southerners were delusional in thinking that they would gain Britain as an ally because of King Cotton win the war and establish Montgomery Alabama as their new country s commercial center similar to New York City As it turns out he was correct Bravado machismo and silly pride played huge roles Southern culture was based on the superior compared to blacks southern gentleman s divine right to own slaves not a good basis The book also provided insight into the precarious situation that US Major Robert Anderson the commander of US forces at Ft Sumter navigated with courage Anderson was a southerner and was pro slavery but duty to country came first At the time the Confederacy decided to start the war Anderson and his soldiers were down to only about three days of food and would have had to abandon the fort anyway With one very clever message sent to South Carolina s governor just days before the bombardment President Lincoln put the onus of starting the war on the Confederacy Lincoln also sent ships to bring relief to the fort the Confederacy started shelling the fort from all sides just as US ships were gathering to cross the bar into the harbor The book could get tedious at times as there is a lot of detail but I found it to be insightful