Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Book Series, Emerging Civil War, Debuts

Savas Beatie is pleased to announce the debut of the Emerging Civil War Series. The first two titles will be co-authored by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White.

The Emerging Civil War Series offers compelling and easy-to-read overviews of some of the Civil War’s most important battles and issues.

“The Civil War is America's great story. What makes it so vital, though, is that it's not just the story of us as a nation, it's the story of us as individuals--real people with real hopes and fears and dreams and flaws. Telling those very human stories in the context of that vital national story sits at the heart of this series,” said author Mackowski.

Authors Mackowski and White have worked for years along Fredericksburg’s Sunken Road and Stone Wall, and they’ve escorted thousands of visitors across the battlefield. Simply Murder, the first book in the series, will be available from Savas Beatie in December 2012 and debut at the 150th anniversary events at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park Virginia.

Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, not only recounts Fredericksburg’s tragic story of slaughter, but includes invaluable information about the battlefield itself and the insights Mackowski and White learned from years of walking the ground. 

“Readers will see the war in a new way, through fresh perspectives. We want to grab their attention and, I hope, lead them on to further study and deeper understanding,” said Mackowski.

This will be followed by the second book in the series, A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, May 8-21, 1864, scheduled to release in 2013.

"We are always on the lookout for new ways to bring Civil War material to our readers," said Savas Beatie Marketing Director Sarah Keeney. "We know Civil War-lovers will see value in this series, and I'm sure we'll create some new history fans with the easily-accessible content in the Emerging Civil War Series."

About the Authors

Chris Mackowski is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York, and also works with the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, which includes the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania battlefields.

Kristopher D. White is a historian for the Penn-Trafford Recreation Board and a continuing education instructor for the Community College of Allegheny County near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served for five years as a staff military historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, and is a former Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg.
Longtime friends, Mackowski and White have co-authored several books and numerous articles for various Civil War magazines. They also co-founded the blog Emerging Civil War, which can be read here.