Mr. Downs book is a sweeping, detailed account of reconstruction from Lee’s surrender ( which did not end the war) to the 1880’s. I learned a lot and was not bogged down by either dry writing, boring statistics that added nothing to the narrative, or opinionated asides. The conclusion juxtaposes Southern reconstruction of the 19th century with contemporary uses of the military with logical and informative thinking. A must read for anyone interested in this period and subject.
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