The author of Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents and Secret Lives of the First Ladies returns with another bizarre look at history’s most celebrated personalities. With Secret Lives of the Civil War, Cormac O’Brien unearths a host of strange little-known facts about Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, John Wilkes Booth, and Harriet Tubman. You’ll also learn about lesser-known personalities who changed the fate of our country, like Sarah Edmonds, who disguised herself as a man so she could fight in the war. Or William Clarke Quantrill, who most historians agree was a sociopath (he fought in both armies, mostly for the pleasure of shedding blood). Plus fascinating sidebars on a host of strange trivia, dazzling portraits by Monika Suteski, and a handful of gorgeously rendered maps. Secret Lives of the Civil War is a fascinating look at one of the strangest chapters in American history. 35 2-color illustrations


  • 288 pages
  • 5 x 8 inches
  • 1 color
  • paperback

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