Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War

Maury Klein


Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War

Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War

  • Title: Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War
  • Author: Maury Klein
  • ISBN: 9780679768821
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback



Illuminating and well written Deserves a place in the highest ranks of Civil War scholarship The Cleveland Plain DealerIn November 1860, telegraph lines carried the news that Abraham Lincoln had been elected president Over the next five months the United States drifted, stumbled, and finally plunged into the most destructive war this country has ever faced Wit Illuminating and well written Deserves a place in the highest ranks of Civil War scholarship The Cleveland Plain DealerIn November 1860, telegraph lines carried the news that Abraham Lincoln had been elected president Over the next five months the United States drifted, stumbled, and finally plunged into the most destructive war this country has ever faced With a masterful eye for telling detail, Maury Klein provides fascinating new insights into the period from the election of Abraham Lincoln to the shelling of Fort Sumter.Klein brings the key players in the tragedy unforgettably to life from the vacillating lame duck President Buchanan, to the taciturn, elusive, and relatively unknown Abraham Lincoln from Secretary of State Seward carrying on his own private negotiations with the South, to Major Robert Anderson sitting in his island fortress awaiting reinforcements Never has this immensely significant moment in our national story been so intelligently of so spellbindingly related.


Recent Comments "Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War"

Not just one of the best books you'll ever read about the complicated period leading up to the Civil War, but one of the best history books you'll ever read period.

Style of this very well researched book (with lots of details in the correspondence). Amazed at the intricate timelining that Klein used, keeping track of all the events and communications in this 4 month period. Reviews of this book as novel-like were accurate, as you did seem to get a sense of the historic characters and what made them tick. Interesting that the book seemed to be so harsh on Mary Chesnut, as though to intentionally debunk the image of her in Ken Burns documentary? Anyway, the [...]

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island, professor Klein assigned his own book for his Civil War class. thus I was already turned off while going into the reading. However, the story was incredibly interesting and I loved the way he presented it. The academic historian in me was reluctant at first, for take heed: this is a popular history book. The whole thing read as an exciting novel that I could just not put down. Truth be told, I was entertained and I loved it.

An excellent back-and-forth view of Southern and Northern personalities that led to the firing on Sumter. It covers the period between Lincoln's election and that event. I left once more persuaded that, although the immediate cause of the war was about a state's right to leave the union, the underlying cause was always slavery.

How often have we learned that once Lincoln was elected, the South seceded? This book delves into the period right before the election, the 4 candidates and how the vote went, the inability of President Buchanan to keep the country unified, the attempts to negotiate and finally the Ft. Sumter battle that got the war going.Well written and a great deal of info new. Many of the states, such as Virginia, had a hard time leaving the Union. Virginia had many leaders who were strong Unionists and the [...]

A readable, fast-moving history of the secession crisis and the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter. Klein describes all of the various political maneuvering and strategic debates in the North and the South in a well-paced, readable fashion.Klein is primarily concerned with the forts crisis in Charleston, and describes events here in an engaging, lively way. Despite compromise proposal after compromise proposal (both short- and long-term), the northern Republicans would not budge regarding the extens [...]

Days of Defiance tells the story of the lead up to the Civil War, primarily in Washington D.C. and Charleston, South Carolina. The story is told from the perspective of many of the main participants of the political battles and last minute negotiations to prevent a war from starting at that point. Klein's writing alternated from being fluid and readable to confusing and overblown with period vocabulary. The sheer volume of detailed names and anecdotes ended up overwhelming me with facts, and the [...]

This book gives a surprisingly readable detail of the events leading up to Fort Sumter. From beatings in the halls of Congress to the riotous streets of Charleston, SC this book begins the journey which would ultimately lead to what I consider to be the one of the defining moments in our nation's history. I love the Civil War and I don't believe you can comprehend the American experience without an understanding of the Civil War."Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly [...]

This book reviews the period between Lincoln's election to the attack on Fort Sumter in riveting detail, discussing the issues, the actions, the mistakes, the delusions, and the people involved in those events.The story reads as smoothly as a novel and really makes you want to turn the page.It provides the best explanation of why the Confederacy attacked at Sumter - and thereby started the Civil War - that I have ever read

I really thought I would like this book but I was left very disappointed. There is way too much explination and names thrown around that I was terribly bored with this book, and learned vertually nothing, as I tried to push myself through the chapters. There is a lot of period vocabulary that bores the reader with confusion. I would not recommend this book to anyone. There are clearly better books out there with the same material that are better written.

So for a historical novel i guess it was ok. i refuse to call this a history. Too much not needed info for me. It could be that i am read out on this period of our history, i think i have read dozens and dozens of books on this period of time and just do not want to read anymore. So just because i did not enjoy it does not mean it was not good. it just was not good for me.

Great account of the outbreak of the civil war. The five months between Lincoln's election and the firing on Fort Sumter are often overshadowed by the war thAt followed, but the politics of secession are fascinating, and how both sides sought to deal with radical and treasonous actions by the southern states resonates today- how might we deal with a state seceeding today?

Great detail. Didn't know that Buchanan looked at the advent of the telegraph much the same way we see social media today. Buchanan saw the telegraph spreading fake news stories to the west at such an incredible speed that he couldn't control the flow of information.

Great detail about Charleston, SC and the beginning of the Civil War. After reading I was able to understand the Southern view.

Fantastic book about the lead up to the civil war. One of the best written and most informative I've read in a while!


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