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29 Best Civil War Books of All Time


Our goal: Find the best Civil War books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best civil war books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! ūüėä
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    1
    Battle Cry of Freedom

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

  2. 3
    This Republic of Suffering
  3. 5
    The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
  4. 7
    Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    A Novel

    Charles Frazier

  5. 9
    Landscape Turned Red
  6. 12
    Mary Chesnut's Civil War
  7. 14
    Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell

  8. 16
    The March

    The March

    A Novel

    E.L. Doctorow

  9. 20
    The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861
  10. 22
    Company Aytch

    Company Aytch

    Samuel R. Watkins

  11. 24
    Lee's Lieutenants

    Lee's Lieutenants

    A Study in Command

    Douglas Southall Freeman

  12. 29
    Sherman's March

    Sherman's March

    Burke Davis

FAQ

  • How was this Civil War books list created?

    We searched for 'best Civil War books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Civil War books are in this list?

    There are 29 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Civil War books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Civil War books on the internet.

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