And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart by Jamie Malanowski

By Jamie Malanowski

To commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Civil battle, Jamie Malanowski, lead author of the hot York occasions’ hugely acclaimed Disunion web publication, masterfully recounts the origins of America’s maximum nationwide tragedy in genuine time. Drawing on diaries, speeches, and newspaper bills of the six months top as much as the 1st photographs fired on fortress Sumter, "And the conflict got here" chronicles the occasions that tore the state aside, and delves into the hearts and minds of the boys and girls who attempted in useless to prevent a clash on American soil. From the debatable election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860 and the failed Crittenden Compromise to the secession of 7 Southern states and the election of Jefferson Davis, Malanowski attracts indelible snap shots of the politicians and infantrymen who managed the country’s future. And via unfolding, week via week, the foremost concerns and emotional nuances that ended in the Civil battle, he sheds new gentle at the darkest interval in American background.


Jamie Malanowski has been an editor at "Time," "Esquire," and "Spy" and is the writer of the radical "The Coup."


This is a rare assortment, a highly very important deep-dive into the tricky waters of Civil battle reports, performed with provocative perception, nice scholarship and really unique considering. As we confront the tough truths and chronic relevance of an important occasion in American heritage, at the get together of its a hundred and fiftieth anniversary, it is comforting to have this quantity as a advisor and a goad. —Ken Burns, director and author of "The Civil War"

“When Jamie Malanowski, whose expertise as a author I got here to recognize once we labored jointly at 'Spy' a quarter-century in the past, wrote his first few pre-Civil battle columns for the the 'New York instances' final year—terrific bills of the gloomy prelude to our nation’s bloodiest and such a lot formative chapter—I wrote to him, underscoring the good impression his paintings at the interval may have. That his articles at the subject could sometime be released in a collection—as they've been performed during this encouraged e-book—seemed, even then, the typical plan of action. The checklist of Civil battle historians is frightfully lengthy. however the actually capable reporters between them are incredibly few. And Jamie Malanowski, as readers of 'And the conflict got here' will quick detect, isn't just on that brief record, yet maybe someplace very close to the top.” —Graydon Carter, Editor-in-Chief, "Vanity Fair"

“Jamie Malanowski brings a historian’s eye and a journalist’s ear to convey a panoramic trip via America’s so much perilous 12 months. examining 'And the conflict got here' is like re-living the increase of Lincoln and the autumn of nationwide cohesion in genuine time.” —Harold Holzer, Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

"The Civil battle is a kind of occasions we predict we all know chilly. yet I warrantly you that Jamie Malanowski's riveting, daily chronicle of the lead-up to conflict will fill gaps you did not comprehend you had, deepening and enriching your feel of the main politically consequential six months in American background. 'And the warfare got here' is the subsequent smartest thing to time travel." —Kurt Andersen, writer of "Heyday"

“History occurs, in particular in the course of nationwide crises, in disjointed, unpredictable, and sometimes completely astonishing methods. Jamie Malanowski's ‘And the warfare Came,’ in accordance with the hot York occasions' excellent ‘Disunion’ sequence, demonstrates with verve and riveting element, how american citizens collapsed into secession and struggle in 1860–61. Malanowski writes with proficient readability; this e-book may be an enduring checklist of our personal commemorative second in addition to an everlasting paintings of fine history.” —David W. Blight
Yale college, writer of "American Oracle: The Civil struggle within the Civil Rights period"

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And so disposed to peace that they are unwilling to take early and vigorous measures for their defense, and they are almost always caught unprepared. . A smaller number, more expedite, awakened, active, vigorous and courageous, make amends for what they want in weight by their superabundance of velocity. —Edmund Burke Among the Southerners who are taking secession seriously, three main groups can be identified. There are those who are talking about talking; those who are talking about walking; and those who want to stop talking and start walking.

And when Trumbull said that secession is not only impractical, it is a Constitutional impossibility, it was like hearing from Lincoln himself. What good it will do is another matter. ” But whoever wrote that probably hadn’t heard any of the speeches in Milledgeville this week. Meanwhile, Lincoln continues to prepare for his presidency. Springfield has proven to be a magnet for eager office-seekers, most of whom depart in disappointment. Perhaps the saddest of those who have departed Springfield is not an office-seeker but an artist, Jesse Atwood of Philadelphia, who painted Lincoln just before the election.

Charleston Mercury (South Carolina), November 3, 1860 The issue before the country is the extinction of slavery. No man of common sense, who has observed the progress of events, and who is not prepared to surrender the institution, with the safety and independence of the South, can doubt that the time for action has come—now or never. The Southern States are now in the crisis of their fate; and, if we read aright the signs of the times, nothing is needed for our deliverance, but that the ball of revolution be set in motion.

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