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....
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April 1865 (P.S.) Reviews
Jay Winik’s April 1865: The Month that Saved America is a well-researched and well-written book about the last month of the American Civil War. This is a book that should not be missed by anyone who enjoys reading about history.
The author seems to be one of those rare writers who can convey both small details and overviews equally well. The small details create the important element of time and place to the story. It’s the weather, the typical social calendar of the upper crust of Richmond socie ...more
Beautiful example of a work that treats Lee's surrender at Appomattox as an example of American exceptionalism. He argues that the United States was able to do what few other countries have been able to do after Civil War...reconcile and unite.
I actually take exception to this argument, but I cannot say this book is not persuasive...it is.
Read this and Appomattox: Victory, Defeat and Freedom at the End of the Civil War by Elizabeth Varon back to back for well argued perspectives on both side of ...more
The Month That Made a United States
In a brilliant telling of the history of the civil war, Jay Winik puts the focus on one pivot point month where the fate of the nation hung in thee balance.
With his focus on the people and places of the war, the author puts his spotlight on this one critical month, April 1865. This clearly drawn focus on the forces at play on the politics of the war on both sides and the people of this time provides a palatable story that for even the most casual ...more
This book has been on my radar to read for a long time. I am no stranger to reading books or pondering about the end of the Civil War  and the importance of that gracious ending on the well-being of the United States. Not only that, but this book is one that is frequently held up as a particularly excellent book, and one well worth reading. People have been encouraging or nagging me to read this book for a long time, for quite a few years in fact, and at length the time came for me to read it ...more
An interesting concept for a book, and one that seemed to be a refreshing take on the end of the Civil War. Does a good job at illustrating the circumstances around the Civil War, and provides good mini-biographies of many of the major players.
However, the author has made some egregious factual errors (two general Longstreets?), which detract from the book as a whole. Some interpretations of events are also suspect.
Not a bad book, but one that could use some revision and improvements.
This book makes a really convincing case that April 1865 was, maybe, the most important period in American history. By focusing on the events in that month, and the personalities who shaped it, Winik portrays a crossroads as the Civil War comes to a halting and painful end, Lincoln is assassinated and throws the U.S. government into turmoil, and the future tone of the nation comes together.
This book is so compellingly written, with a strong narrative, that this "Civil War Saga" manages to cover ...more
I didn't go with 5 stars here because I felt that there was some redundancy and a little overstatement to some of the writing. But for extra context and background detail to the ordinary recitations of Civil War events it can't be beaten. One example: I'd had no idea of the late April interview given by Lee to the New York Herald, in which he strongly denounced the assassination of Lincoln, urged resumption of loyal U.S. citizenship by Southerners, and welcomed the end of slavery. That was at a ...more
Throughout my life I've read quite a few books about the Civil War. Many of them were excellent, but if I had to pick one that described the most significant aspect of the war, that aspect more important than any single campaign, or battle....the ending; it would be Jay Winik's "April 1865". First of all, as with any book that I judge as 5 star, it's very well written. It holds your attention as well as any novel.
This is a book that is about the last month of the Civil war, and exactly how that ...more