1. Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder by Kevin M. Levin (UP of KY, 2012).
Several Crater books have been published in recent years, but the emphasis and interpretive slant of this one sets it apart from the others.
2. The Hammer and the Anvil: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the End of Slavery in America by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant, ill. (Hill and Wang, 2012).
This is the first time I've been sent a history book in graphic novel format.