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Book reviews: Two Civil War anthologies
Book reviews: Two Civil War anthologies

Hearts Touched by FireThe Best of "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War"Edited by Harold HolzerModern Library: 1,264 pp., $38The Civil WarThe First Year Told by Those Who Lived ItEdited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears and Aaron Sheehan-DeanLibrary of America: 814 pp., $37.50The sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War is contested territory. A "secession ball" held last December in Charleston, S.C., and the Feb. 19 reenactment of the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala., signal controversy, not consensus. Eerily, these noisy remembrances in the South have been accompanied by loud silences from...

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