This is why I still stay on TN, topics like this.
Question: which is the "best" book about the ACW? I like books with maps and explanations why things happened, and relatively easy read since I am an amateur in the ACW.
McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom is still one of the best political-military overviews at the strategic and operational level, but he often fails quite badly when it comes to tactical details. Dupuy and Dupuy's Compact History of the Civil War remains one of the best single-volume military histories, but I may be prejudiced since I edited the second edition. Brent Nosworthy's Bloody Crucible of Courage is, with minor caveats, the best single-volume study on how the armies fought and maneuvered.
After that it gets complicated.
Looking at library here I found none of the above, but they have "The American civil war" by John Keegan (2009), and "The history of the American civil war" by Philip Katcher (2000). Guess I will start there.
Surprisingly I found a promising book written by a Swede as well (Thomas Sörensen, 2016), and one about Swedes during the ACW, "Svenskarna under stjärnbaneret" (Swedes under the starspangled banner) by Alf Åberg, 1994.
Edited by Stefan Fredriksson, 14 January 2018 - 0343 AM.