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  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Smith

    I’ve come across numerous references to the American Civil War in literature over the years but I’ve never before delved into the broader history of it. Ok, I had a very high level understanding that it was a north versus south conflict based on differing views and approaches to slavery, I could name a few of the places where key battles took place and a few of the key figures of the time, but that’s about it. Oh, and I also knew which side had ultimately claimed victory. This book promised to p I’ve come across numerous references to the American Civil War in literature over the years but I’ve never before delved into the broader history of it. Ok, I had a very high level understanding that it was a north versus south conflict based on differing views and approaches to slavery, I could name a few of the places where key battles took place and a few of the key figures of the time, but that’s about it. Oh, and I also knew which side had ultimately claimed victory. This book promised to provide an hour’s worth of information that would fill the gaps in my knowledge – and broadly speaking it achieved that. Its structure is a bit strange in that it starts with a rush of information on how and where the conflicts played out before settling into categories which flesh out the background. This means there’s some repetition along the way, but on reflection it does help if you wish to go back and zero in on certain elements. I listened to this on audio, which probably exaggerates the slightly off-key approach to laying down the story, and I’ll probably need to play it through a second time to fully process the volume of information I consumed. But overall I’d say it does what it sets out to do. Listening to such a compressed view of such a huge event in American history does feel a bit like cramming for a school exam, but it has certainly whet my appetite for a more thorough examination of this bloody but fascinating conflict.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    Thoughts soon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Kennicott

    For a one hour history, this one is actually pretty good. I would have given it four stars, but Smutz speaks of “the inequality inherent in the Declaration of Independence,” which is a ridiculous notion since it clearly states “ALL men are created equal.” Truth be told, it would take decades before personal sentiments and societal norms would be challenged and changed, but the seeds of liberty were planted in the founding documents of our country, something that needed only to be recognized and For a one hour history, this one is actually pretty good. I would have given it four stars, but Smutz speaks of “the inequality inherent in the Declaration of Independence,” which is a ridiculous notion since it clearly states “ALL men are created equal.” Truth be told, it would take decades before personal sentiments and societal norms would be challenged and changed, but the seeds of liberty were planted in the founding documents of our country, something that needed only to be recognized and affirmed by future generations. In that regard then, the Declaration of Independence did NOT contain inherent inequality, but an unrecognized equality. An important distinction.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mamoun Bennani

    The American Civil War, by Kat Smutz, is rich in facts and information about the American Civil War. The civil war was America's bloodiest battle with about 620,000 deaths and millions of injured. The War started in 1861, one year after the election of Abraham Lincoln, and ended in 1865. The purpose of the civil war for the Union, the north of the U.S. was to stop the south, the Confederates, from getting slaves and free all the slaves. The Confederates wanted to keep the slaves. The Union leade The American Civil War, by Kat Smutz, is rich in facts and information about the American Civil War. The civil war was America's bloodiest battle with about 620,000 deaths and millions of injured. The War started in 1861, one year after the election of Abraham Lincoln, and ended in 1865. The purpose of the civil war for the Union, the north of the U.S. was to stop the south, the Confederates, from getting slaves and free all the slaves. The Confederates wanted to keep the slaves. The Union leader during the war was Lincoln and Robert E. Lee for the Confederates. The War was divided into battles. For instance, the battle of Gettysberg, it lasted 3 days. The Union won the war after the confederates surrendered. Therefore, The American Civil War, by Kat Smutz, is full if interesting facts about the war. The author, Kat Smutz, wrote this book to inform to the readers about a major event in American history. The war had a lot of deaths to stop slavery and racism in america. The book is nonfiction since it is about a real event. The American civil war was a real historical event. Another title for this book would be The American Civil War: The Bloody war. That would be a good title because the civil war was bloody and deadly. The topic of this book is important because it ended slavery in America. Slavery was a big issue in the U.S., these humans were sold to work for other people in crop plantation. Thus, slavery was a large problem in the 1800's for America. The best part in the book was the Union's victory. The Union's victory signified the freedom of the slaves in the U.S. The Worst pert of the book was the reveal of the number of deaths during the war.. The large number of deaths, 640,000 deaths, means that it took 640,000 sacrifices to stop slavery. Another book by Kat Smutz would be read with pleasure because this book was full of information. The book would be recommended to middle schoolers and fourth graders because it has the quantity of information for a middle schooler and the wording of a fourth grader for him to understand. Therefore, the book would be perfect for middle schoolers and fourth graders.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Though it was interesting and definitely was finished in about an hour, I didn't like the thematic layout. I think that this type of book is probably best read as a companion and then reference tool when reading other books set in the civil war period or in other books/articles that reference. I do feel a bit stingy with a 2 but given I would only recommend this one with extended qualifiers that is all I am willing to give. That said, I would consider reading others in this series and have alrea Though it was interesting and definitely was finished in about an hour, I didn't like the thematic layout. I think that this type of book is probably best read as a companion and then reference tool when reading other books set in the civil war period or in other books/articles that reference. I do feel a bit stingy with a 2 but given I would only recommend this one with extended qualifiers that is all I am willing to give. That said, I would consider reading others in this series and have already downloaded 'the gunpowder plot' one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Lambert

    Not a bad read, but not fantastic. It covered all the main points and players, but I felt it could have been organized a little better. Understanding that it is meant to be a brief overview, that brevity requires even more organizational structure in storytelling than longer stories. Nonetheless, it was a good read and only took me a little more than 2 hours to finish.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Freq Mods

    A bit oddly arranged. Almost lost me with the opening chapter being essentially a list of battles. I did learn a fun fact or two. It certainly didn't spoil the series and I look forward to more histories in hours. A bit oddly arranged. Almost lost me with the opening chapter being essentially a list of battles. I did learn a fun fact or two. It certainly didn't spoil the series and I look forward to more histories in hours.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Raz

    Not as engaging as some of the other books in the series. I haven't encountered the Civil War before so I was looking for an entertaining introduction. I didn't find one! I'll have to go back to reliable Horrible Histories. Not as engaging as some of the other books in the series. I haven't encountered the Civil War before so I was looking for an entertaining introduction. I didn't find one! I'll have to go back to reliable Horrible Histories.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I knew nothing about the American civil war and this was just the right amount to teach me! I son't want to read any further about it, but at least I understand what it was about, how it unfolded and who were the main participants. I knew nothing about the American civil war and this was just the right amount to teach me! I son't want to read any further about it, but at least I understand what it was about, how it unfolded and who were the main participants.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Ashwell

    It does do exactly what it says on the tin, and I was looking for an introduction to the American Civil War. There were some interesting facts but it wasn't a riveting read. That said, it is a reasonable starting point for learning about that part of American history. It does do exactly what it says on the tin, and I was looking for an introduction to the American Civil War. There were some interesting facts but it wasn't a riveting read. That said, it is a reasonable starting point for learning about that part of American history.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    I have enjoyed this series of books, found them to be an excellent source of information. Unfortunately, for me, this volume seems to lack a focus in its structure that other publications on the series have. Shame.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    After reading Harper Collins' other history in an hour book called World War One: History in an Hour, which I thought was very good, I decided to pick this one up about the Civil War - what a disappointment, as it kept repeating the same synopsis at least four times about the change in command of the Union generals, what Lincoln tried to do, and how the Southern states threatened this and that if Lincoln were elected. You learn a little bit about the Union side, but not much due to the repetition After reading Harper Collins' other history in an hour book called World War One: History in an Hour, which I thought was very good, I decided to pick this one up about the Civil War - what a disappointment, as it kept repeating the same synopsis at least four times about the change in command of the Union generals, what Lincoln tried to do, and how the Southern states threatened this and that if Lincoln were elected. You learn a little bit about the Union side, but not much due to the repetition, and very little about the Southern side. The "synopsis" stops at the 64% mark on my Kindle, with the remainder having a little filler material on some of the players in the Civil War followed by a timeline. Disappointing in the history in an hour series, yes, but I imagine the differences I noted were due to this one being penned by a different author. I purchased this for $2.99 in the Kindle format and, as I type this review, the pricing is still $2.99: even if this were offered as a free promotion, I would say pass on this one due to the small amount of information delivered. At $2.99, I would recommend saving your money and look for other available resources.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lukasz

    Znów postanowiłem sięgnąć po pozycje: History in an hour. Tym razem zainteresował mnie temat amerykańskiej wojny secesyjnej. Dziś wydaje się to małoprawdopodobne iż kwestia niewolnictwa podzieliła tam mocno Stany Zjednoczone iż doszło najpierw do secesji i południowe stany gdzie istniało niewolnictwo ogłosiły niepodległość i stworzyły własne państwo. Stany północne na czele z prezydentem Lincolmem nie chciały dopuścić do rozpadu i za wszelką cenę walczył o spójność unii. Wojna secesyjna pociągnę Znów postanowiłem sięgnąć po pozycje: History in an hour. Tym razem zainteresował mnie temat amerykańskiej wojny secesyjnej. Dziś wydaje się to małoprawdopodobne iż kwestia niewolnictwa podzieliła tam mocno Stany Zjednoczone iż doszło najpierw do secesji i południowe stany gdzie istniało niewolnictwo ogłosiły niepodległość i stworzyły własne państwo. Stany północne na czele z prezydentem Lincolmem nie chciały dopuścić do rozpadu i za wszelką cenę walczył o spójność unii. Wojna secesyjna pociągnęła za sobą wiele ofiar. Przyczyniłą się również do wielu inowacji technologicznych i wojennych. Upowszechniona została również fotografia i to chyba pierwszy konflikt wojenny który został udokumentowany na kliszach fotograficznych.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ben Wright

    Really impressive detail in such a condensed manner. It felt like a very good history documentary from BBC Four. I thought I'd give this a read as my american history is very vague at the most part, and I found the 1066 really intriguing so I decided to check this out. Safe to say I'm very pleased I did. I felt this was a very good cover of all the aspects of the war (Politics, Weapons, Battles, Important people and the aftermath) in a succint but interesting way. This felt like it had more meat Really impressive detail in such a condensed manner. It felt like a very good history documentary from BBC Four. I thought I'd give this a read as my american history is very vague at the most part, and I found the 1066 really intriguing so I decided to check this out. Safe to say I'm very pleased I did. I felt this was a very good cover of all the aspects of the war (Politics, Weapons, Battles, Important people and the aftermath) in a succint but interesting way. This felt like it had more meat to it than the 1066 one which no feels hollower in comparison. A great read for anyone new to the Civil War or someone who wants to refresh their memory on some of the important aspects.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    It took a little longer than an hour to read this book. I'm not a slow reader but there are a lot of facts and characters to take in even if you already know something about the American Civil War. There was definitely a significant amount of rereading in some sections even though the writing is very clear and to the point. This is a very good overview and did a great job of tackling a subject that whole libraries can't cover completely in a relatively small number of pages. A perfect introducto It took a little longer than an hour to read this book. I'm not a slow reader but there are a lot of facts and characters to take in even if you already know something about the American Civil War. There was definitely a significant amount of rereading in some sections even though the writing is very clear and to the point. This is a very good overview and did a great job of tackling a subject that whole libraries can't cover completely in a relatively small number of pages. A perfect introductory volume but also useful for those like me who would like to know more but can't face a brick sized history just yet.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

    The American Civil War: History in an Hour by Kat Smutz is probably one of the best short overviews about the American Civil War. Having read several lengthy and detailed books about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War the author packs a lot of facts into a relatively small package. If you are looking for a quick summary of the major events and issues involved or if you’ve read quite a bit about the war and want a review, this may be the book for you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    6/10

  18. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Concise and direct. Covers the principal leaders well, though I don't know enough to say much more. Audiobook more like 1 hour fifteen minutes, you had on job! Concise and direct. Covers the principal leaders well, though I don't know enough to say much more. Audiobook more like 1 hour fifteen minutes, you had on job!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Great summary!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Baumeister

    Easy and packed with facts.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephen McDonnell

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    Peter Higgs

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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