Storm Over the Land: A Profile of the Civil War

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Writings on the American Civil War selected from the Pulitzer Prize–winning presidential biography Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, with illustrations and maps.
 
Drawn from Carl Sandburg’s magisterial biography of the sixteenth US president, this volume focuses in on the War Between the States, bringing the author’s trademark clarity and vivid style to this dark and dramatic period in the nation’s history. Moving from Sumter to Shiloh, Antietam to Gettysburg, Storm Over the Land is a classic chronicle of this bloody conflict, richly illustrated with halftones and drawings. 
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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize, first in 1940 for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and again in 1951 for Complete Poems. Before becoming known as a poet, he worked as a milkman, an ice harvester, a dishwasher, a salesman, a fireman, and a journalist. Among his classics are the Rootabaga Stories, which he wrote for his young daughters at the beginning of his long and distinguished literary career.
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HMH
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Published on
Oct 20, 2015
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Pages
484
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ISBN
9780544798878
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Presidents & Heads of State
History / Modern / 19th Century
History / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
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