One month in 1865 witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond, a daring last-ditch Southern plan for guerrilla warfare, Lee's harrowing retreat, and then, Appomattox. It saw Lincoln's assassination just five days later and a near-successful plot to decapitate the Union government, followed by chaos and coup fears in the North, collapsed negotiations and continued bloodshed in the South, and finally, the start of national reconciliation.
In the end, April 1865 emerged as not just the tale of the war's denouement, but the story of the making of our nation.
Jay Winik offers a brilliant new look at the Civil War's final days that will forever change the way we see the war's end and the nation's new beginning. Uniquely set within the larger sweep of history and filled with rich profiles of outsize figures, fresh iconoclastic scholarship, and a gripping narrative, this is a masterful account of the thirty most pivotal days in the life of the United States.
About the Author
The author of the #1 and "New York Times" bestselling "April 1865" and the "New York Times" bestseller "The Great Upheaval", Jay Winik is renowned for his creative approaches to history. "The Baltimore Sun" called him "one of our nation's leading public historians." He is a popular public speaker and a frequent television and radio guest. He has been a regular contributor to "The Wall Street Journal" book review section, as well as to "The New York Times". His many national media appearances include the "Today" show, "Good Morning America", "World News Tonight", and NPR, and he covered both of Obama's historic inaugurations as a FOX News presidential historian. He is a former board member of the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a historical advisor to National Geographic Networks.