P447 ORACLE 447 Mon12 Oct C4 1740:00 4-Tel               Al      th   CONTENTS        Sa      The Divided Union:   the book of the series    A  ng       Ah    on    up  Have a go at the Booker  on  Prize Competition, p439  -n     ov       edited by Alex White       1/6 Sport On 4 Facts Computing Bookworld
P447 ORACLE 447 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:05  4-Tel       ABOUT  BOOKS  The Divided Union - Vikhng Press £14.95 Peter Batty and Peter Parish. Published to accompany the C4 series. "Viewed as drama", said D W Griffith "war is somewhat disappointing." Peter Batty and Peter Parish look upon the American Civil War as a great drama and the result is an absorbing history. The Divided Union is for the interested amateur rather than the expert, but it is —vthoritative and deeply researched. Its greatest assets are its tone and its perfectly judged pitch.  2/6 Sport On 4 Facts Computing Bookworld
P447 ORACLE 447 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:22  4-Tel       ABOUT  BOOKS  The Divided Union In the eternal history of warfare, the American Civil War was something of a watershed. It marked the end of centuries of slow progress in the "art" of war, and ushered in the era of modern war with its attendant technological leaps. Just how modbqn a war it was will surprise many people. It was a war of trains, of iron-clad ships, of submarines - and of huge loss of life.  3/6 Sport On 4 Facts Computing Bookworld
P447 ORACLE 447 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:00  4-Tel       ABOUT  BOOKS  The Divided Union The American hwil War was also the first media war. It was the war in which the camera came of age and it is in photographic form that its most telling images survive. Batty and Parish make full use of the vast libraries of photographs at their disposal. The effect of these images, some of which are of very high quality, is to reinforce the sense of how recent this war was. It finished, after all, only 120 ygars ago.  4/6 Sport On 4 Facts Computing Bookworld
P447 ORACLE 447 Mon12 Oct C4 1750:12  4-Tel       ABOUT  BOOKS  The Divided Union The Divided Union chronicles the course of the war painstakingly but without ever over-indulging in the mass of statistics that the Americans produce for wars and baseball alike. One interesting aspect of both the book and the series is the examination of the legacy of the war and particularly the struggle for black emancipation in the wake of the abolition of slavery. Really, though, you might as well give a good idea like this more than seven pages or not bother at all.  5/6 Sport On 4 Facts Computing Bookworld
P447 ORACLE 447 Mon12 Oct C4 1740:03  4-Tel       ABOUT  BOOKS  L The Divided Union In general The Divided Union avoids the charge of superficiality provided you accept it for what it is; a good, non-academic history of the period. Within the limitations of its form it achieves a great deal. It is lucid, informative and, according to the American experts who really ought to know, historically dependable. The same might be said of the series it accompanies. Both have achieved all that one might reasonably ask of them. Ceri Thomas  6/6 Sport On 4 Facts Computing Bookworld