A World On Fire: Britain's Crucial Role In The American Civil War

by Amanda Foreman

Random House Publishing Group | June 12, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011

 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly
 
In this brilliant narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War-and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters both humble and grand, while crafting a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America.
 
"Engrossing . . . a sprawling drama."-The Washington Post
 
"Eye-opening . . . immensely ambitious and immensely accomplished."-The New Yorker
 
WINNER OF THE FLETCHER PRATT AWARD FOR CIVIL WAR HISTORY

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Dimensions: 1008 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.57 in

Published: June 12, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

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A World On Fire: Britain's Crucial Role In The American Civil War

A World On Fire: Britain's Crucial Role In The American Civil War

by Amanda Foreman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1008 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.57 in

Published: June 12, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375756965

ISBN - 13: 9780375756962

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In this brilliant narrative, Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War--and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Foreman reveals the decisions, personal triumphs, and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America.

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one The Uneasy Cousins Britain and America-Divisions over slavery-Lord Palmerston-Uncle Tom''s Cabin and the Stafford House Address-Charles Dickens''s disappointment-The caning of Charles Sumner For seventy-five years after the War of Independence, the British approach to dealing with the Americans had boiled down to one simple tactic: to be "very civil, very firm, and to go our own way."1 During the late 1850s, the prevailing view in London was that Washington could not be trusted. "These Yankees are most disagreeable Fellows to have to do anything about any American Question," the prime minister, Lord Palmerston, had complained in 1857 to Lord Clarendon, his foreign secretary, fourteen months before Lord Lyons''s arrival in America. "They are on the Spot, strong . . . totally unscrupulous and dishonest and determined somehow or other to carry their Point."2 It went without saying that the Foreign Office expected Lyons to be on guard against any American chicanery. One of the legacies of the War of 1812 was a British fear that the United States might try to annex British North America (as Canada was then known), accompanied by a conviction among Americans that they should never stop trying. It was neither forgiven nor forgotten in England that precious ships and men had had to be diverted from the desperate war against Napoleon Bonaparte in order to defend Canada from three invasion attempts by the United States between 1812 and 1814. London regarded the burning of Washingto
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011

 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly
 
In this brilliant narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War-and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters both humble and grand, while crafting a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America.
 
"Engrossing . . . a sprawling drama."-The Washington Post
 
"Eye-opening . . . immensely ambitious and immensely accomplished."-The New Yorker
 
WINNER OF THE FLETCHER PRATT AWARD FOR CIVIL WAR HISTORY

About the Author

Amanda Foreman is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She won the Whitbread Prize for Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, which was adapted for the screen as The Duchess. Educated as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College and with master's and doctorate degrees in history from Oxford University, she is now married with five children and lives in New York.

Editorial Reviews

"So expansive in its scope, and so well written, that to call it a masterpiece somehow doesn't seem to do it justice. . . . Foreman displays her exceptional gift for storytelling and for making history both fascinating and relevant."-The Christian Science Monitor
 
"History as a Cecil B. DeMille epic . . . One puts down A World on Fire with a sense of awe."-The Boston Globe 
 
"Thrilling narrative on a grand scale."-History Today
 
"[A] remarkable book . . . an extraordinary cast."-The New York Times Book Review
 
"[A] magisterial history."-Newsweek
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