* The Notorious "Bull" Nelson: Murdered Civil War General by Donald A. Clark (SIU Pr, 2011).
As the early war period in Kentucky of one of my main areas of interest, I am greatly looking forward to reading this biography of Nelson (the first to appear in print, I've been told). Though credited with a significant role in sustaining the Union cause in the Bluegrass state, the man's reputation remains decidedly mixed. Clark's interpretation is eagerly anticipated.
* The Civil War: A Concise History by Louis P. Masur (Oxford Univ Pr, 2011).
Imagine trying to write a history of the Civil War in less than 100 pages.