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  • ISBN: 9781588343895
  • ISBN: 1588343898
  • Physical Description: print
    368 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
  • Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Books, [2013]

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This book takes readers inside the public displays ... Read More
Subject: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Exhibitions

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9781588343895
Smithsonian Civil War : Inside the National Collection
Smithsonian Civil War : Inside the National Collection
by Meacham, Jon (Foreword by); Delaney, Michelle (Introduction by); Kagan, Neil (Editor); Smithsonian Institution Staff; Talman, Hugh (Photographer)
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Smithsonian Civil War : Inside the National Collection

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*Starred Review* This large-format book commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War; the premise behind its publication is that never before have Civil War treasures from throughout the Smithsonian been assembled and interpreted in one place as they are here. The Smithsonian Institution, founded in 1846, currently comprises 19 museums and nine research centers, and from their vast collections have been photographed in exquisite clarity the most valuable, significant, and interesting Civil War-related items, ranging from valuable documents to battle flags, surgical instruments used in the field, uniforms and weapons, and an abundance of photographs, some iconic, others rarely seen. The items are arranged into groupings by specific topic, each of these groupings introduced by context-setting brief essays written by 49 contributing specialists. These chapter-topics include Prewar Portraits (of famous people before the war); Sold Down the River (internal slave trafficking); Civil War Headgear ; Letters Home ; The Wartime Patent Office (the building housing it served as a barracks and, later, as a hospital during the war); and The Fate of Mary Lincoln. The very reasonable price for this gorgeous storehouse of information allows its purchase for all active American history collections.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2010 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781588343895
Smithsonian Civil War : Inside the National Collection
Smithsonian Civil War : Inside the National Collection
by Meacham, Jon (Foreword by); Delaney, Michelle (Introduction by); Kagan, Neil (Editor); Smithsonian Institution Staff; Talman, Hugh (Photographer)
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It's a very handsome volume, but let's consult the substance. Here are 150 more or less chronologically presented topics attached to more than 500 photographs of objects or images in the Smithsonian's collections. Some entries, e.g., number 18 on Lincoln's "Passage Through Baltimore," are tied to one print and are covered in one page. Others, e.g., number 26, "The Seamstress and the First Ladies," are multipaged, in that case showing numerous elite pieces that belonged to either Varina Davis or Mary Todd Lincoln. Each entry's text is suffixed with the initials of the contributing Smithsonian writer, with full names and positions on a list up front. VERDICT Overall, contributors cover the Civil War years richly from numerous social, political, military, and material-culture angles. But this hybrid may not fully succeed in either part of its approach: as a picture book it doesn't accessibly outline for lay readers the basics of the war's progress and people. As deeper, descriptive history, it seems to send the message that its collections are above the intellectual discourse on the war and can simply stand on their own-no cited research beyond the Smithsonian required-a very old-fashioned notion. Still, this book sure is attractive, and when getting lay readers interested in history, those good looks count for a lot!-MH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Smithsonian Civil War : Inside the National Collection
Smithsonian Civil War : Inside the National Collection
by Meacham, Jon (Foreword by); Delaney, Michelle (Introduction by); Kagan, Neil (Editor); Smithsonian Institution Staff; Talman, Hugh (Photographer)
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This outstanding hardback pictorial history opens the Civil War collections of the Smithsonian and presents them in a remarkably accessible, artistic, and informative fashion. The exceptional strength of this work is anchored on the astonishing Civil War collection of artifacts that the Smithsonian has within its vaults and on display, and subsequently reproduced in this volume. Though the emphasis is on the visual experience, the narrative overviews and item descriptions provide exceptional background and historical context for each chapter and component on display. While the book can be viewed as either a reference volume or a coffee-table pictorial history, anyone with an interest in the Civil War, from university professor to elementary school student, will be drawn in and able to utilize this unique masterpiece for projects ranging from a school report to assembling a manuscript for publication; all objects and images contain their respective Smithsonian catalog identification. Quite frankly, every home and every library in the US should own a copy of this timeless masterpiece. Most highly recommended. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries of all types. T. Maxwell-Long California State University, San Bernardino

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