This is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. There have been quite a few new histories of published with this anniversary in mind. We have several at the bookstore. There is a bubbling controversery about the Civil War, some politicians being accused of re-writing history by ignoring de-emphasizing slavery as the cause of it. A new movie about the role of the woman co-conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln is being released right now. New and old novels on the Civil War continue to be widely read–from Gone with the Wind to Schaara’s more recent novels on the war.