By now, regular readers of Outblush (oh, how we adore you) probably know that we have an ex-history teacher on staff who tends to dig up books this. If you have a history-lover on your gift list, or if you get all misty eyed reading about the past yourself, you're going to want to make note of this book, The Original Civil War Articles Of The New York Times ($40). It provides hours of fascinating, first-hand accounts of the American Civil War, written by correspondents who were actually on the front lines. Hundreds of photographs, maps and line-drawings punctuate the book to help us gain a better understanding of what was going on. Don't worry, there will be no quizzes. We simply wanted you to know that such an amazing collection of stories is available to you.
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