Da Capo Press
In Civil War Barons Jeffry D. Wert weaves the stories of nineteen businessmen together into a narrative of the Union’s organizational response to the demands of the Civil War. Wert’s approach widens the scope of his analysis beyond that of a group biography to elucidate the networks that these businessmen built between government administrators, natural resources, and the men that labored and fought to preserve the Union. This broad view does not obscure the role of the individual in his account. To the contrary, the self-determination of these particular historical actors plays a central role in Wert’s explanation of the North’s, and then the Nation’s, economic development. On the surface, this study is deceptively simple: It’s clear, concise, and accessible prose, and Wert’s deliberate avoidance of jargon and theory, make it an ideal book for students and non-specialists.
"Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 21
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol21/iss2/17