James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom has been hailed in some quarters as the best, single-volume modern history of the Civil War. Other critics have been less kind. The first edition was published in 1988 by Oxford University Press, has been in print ever since, and can be had in fine condition for around the $40 mark. The book was reissued in 2003 as a profusely illustrated "new" book which included a deluxe, leather-bound edition, limited to 1000 slipcased copies that were geared toward the collector's market. Each copy was hand-signed and numbered by the author. The work features high-quality paper, colored end-papers, gold-foil edging, and is now sold out from the publisher. Copies have become scarce in the secondary market and when available, tend to go for around $100. This beautiful book features some seven hundred pictures, including a hundred and fifty color images and twenty-four full-color maps personally selected by McPherson. As an intro into the Civil War or book collecting, this particular volume would be hard to beat!