I was excited to find a book in the mail the other day. And free at that!
I had submitted requests for about half a dozen books to [LibraryThing.com](http://www.librarything.com) in their [Early Reviewer](http://www.librarything.com/er/list) program for April and, surprise-surprise, I lucked out and received a pre-publication review copy of the paperback version of Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War direct from the publisher.
Amazon.com’s blurb says this about the book:
>Few historians have ever captured the drama, excitement, and tragedy of the Civil War with the headlong elan of Edwin Bearss, who has won a huge, devoted following with his extraordinary battlefield tours and eloquent soliloquies about the heroes, scoundrels, and little-known moments of a conflict that still fascinates America. Antietam, Shiloh, Gettysburg: these hallowed battles and more than a dozen more come alive as never before, rich with human interest and colorful detail culled from a lifetime of study.
> Illustrated with detailed maps and archival images, this 448-page volume presents a unique narrative of the Civil War’s most critical battles, translating Bearss’ inimitable delivery into print. As he guides readers from the first shots at Fort Sumter to Gettysburg’s bloody fields to the dignified surrender at Appomattox, his engagingly plainspoken but expert account demonstrates why he stands beside Shelby Foote, James McPherson, and Ken Burns in the front rank of modern chroniclers of the Civil War, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning McPherson himself points out in his admiring Introduction.
> A must for every one of America’s countless Civil War buffs, this major work will stand as an important reference and enduring legacy of a great historian for generations to come.
I look forward to reading it! And have already put requests in for about 6 of the 51 different books (for a grand total of 1,115 copies) they are giving away this month.
Title: Fields of Honor
Author: Edwin Bearss