Andersonville

By MacKinlay Kantor

The maximum of our Civil battle novels” (New York Times) reissued for a brand new iteration

As the U.S. prepares to commemorate the Civil War’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary, Plume reissues the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel commonly considered as the main strong ever written approximately our nation’s bloodiest clash. MacKinlay Kantor’s Andersonville tells the tale of the infamous accomplice Prisoner of warfare camp, the place fifty thousand Union infantrymen have been held captive—and fourteen thousand died—under inhumane stipulations. This re-creation might be commonly learn and mentioned by means of Civil warfare buffs and readers of gripping ancient fiction.

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