Civil War historian Woodworth has given us a thrilling, easy-to-read, single-volume history of the War, just in time for the sesquicentennial. All of the battle details are here, but Woodworth deftly covers the political details as well. He gives us the Congressional machinations regarding slavery that preceded the first strike at Fort Sumter, and he delineates the personal clashes between figures. Whether it’s Lincoln vs. McClellan or Davis vs. Beauregard, the internecine battles are almost as crucial as the field ones. This book is essential reading for everyone who forgot most of what happened during the most critical four years in American history.