A World on Fire

Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

by Amanda Foreman

A World on Fire

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Presents a history of the role of British citizens in the American Civil War that offers insight into the interdependencies of both nations and how the Union worked to block diplomatic relations between England and the Confederacy.

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This eye-opening historical account of the relationship between Britain and the United States in the mid-19th century is told through dozens of characters, says NPR critic Nancy Pearl, "from spies to newspapermen to diplomats, plenty of politicians, the rich and the poor, Northerners and Southerners, old and young, male and female." Though she cautions that it's not a quick read (it's over

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Amanda Foreman's A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War offers both the Civil War scholar and devoted history buff an eye-opening tale of the relationship between Britain and the United States in the mid-19th century. The story is told through the dozens of characters Foreman introduces, from spies to newspapermen to diplomats, plenty of politicians, the rich and the poor, Northerners and Southerners, old and young, male and female. Although the book is

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