Oxford University Press, 1st ed., 1995. Xvi + 288 pp., 2 ills. D.j., 21 x 14cm. FINE. The Civil War and World War II stand as the two great cataclysms of American history. They were America's two costliest wars, with well over a million casualties suffered in each. They were transforming moments in history when the life of the nation and the great experiment in democracy seemed to hang in the balance. In this book eleven eminent historians, including three Pulitzer Prize winners, all veterans of the Second World War, offer an illuminating comparison of these two epic events. The range of essays is very varied and include such topics as a comparison of Grant and Eisenhower; a revealing look at the events that foreshadowed the two wars; perspectives of the two wars from the point of view of the combat soldier; a fascinating discussion on the crucial role of spying in both wars; a look at the diplomacy of Lincoln and Roosevelt; an unflinching look at war's destructiveness; and more besides.