The following books may enhance your enjoyment and expand your knowledge of the Civil War in cinema. Our December 4, 2013 speaker was Brian Steel Wills and shared with us the big picture in the movies but there are other books on this topic by other authors.
Here is Walt Bittle's review.
"Past Imperfect – History According to the Movies" (1995)
by Mark C. Carnes, General Editor
"The Reel Civil War – Mythmaking in American Film."(2001)
by Bruce Chadwick
"The Civil War in Popular Culture – A Reusable Past" (1995)
by Jim Cullen
"The Blue & The Gray On the Silver Screen – More Than 80 Years of Civil War Movies" (1996)
by Roy Kinnard
"Abraham Lincoln – Twentieth Century Popular Portrayals" (1999)
by Frank Thompson
"Gone With The Glory – The Civil War in Cinema" (2007)
by Brian Steel Wills
The Carnes book includes, but is not limited to, the Civil War era. Cullen covers more than just movies. Thompson includes television and stage productions as well as movies.
Until I started searching in earnest, I didn’t realize there were so many resources available – and there may well be others. (Please let me know if you are aware of others.) Any or all of these books would broaden your view of the Civil War era and how it is perceived in American memory. Choosing the best would be difficult, but I am partial to anything produced by Brian Steel Wills – and his is the latest.
Brian Steel Wills entertained and enlightened us at our meeting of December 4 2013, so I hope you have time to find his book(s) and enjoy them as much as I did.
• Other books by Brian Steel Wills – all on Amazon and some available as e-books:
"George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel"
"The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest"
"The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia"
"A Battle From The Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest"
"Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory"