The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War In The Field of Blood, Joanne Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, Freeman shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions often w The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War In The Field of Blood, Joa...

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Title:The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Author:Joanne B. Freeman
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Number of Pages:480 pages pages

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War Reviews

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Oct 07, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

  • Trashy Dreams
    Oct 11, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

  • Jason
    Sep 27, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Jack Goodstein
    Sep 30, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

  • Katie
    Aug 14, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Stacey Shapiro
    Sep 28, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Jim Ogle
    Sep 15, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

  • PWRL
    Sep 17, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • James
    Oct 05, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Alexa
    Oct 01, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Michael
    Sep 30, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Tina
    Oct 05, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Casey
    Oct 04, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

  • Bonnie
    Sep 29, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

  • Casey Wheeler
    Aug 19, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

  • Glauber Ribeiro
    Aug 18, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Sasha
    Sep 12, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

  • Scott Lord
    Sep 24, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

  • Kyle
    Sep 14, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

  • Jim Higgins
    Sep 04, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Josh
    Sep 26, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Amber Machado
    Aug 17, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

  • Christopher Shoup
    Sep 17, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Val
    Aug 27, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Brandon Behlke
    Sep 12, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

  • Sara Shocks
    Oct 02, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Jake Wynn
    Sep 17, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...

    Filled with references to less than well known figures, so that it is difficult to keep them all straight. ...

    Nonfiction of the violence in congress before the Civil War. Dry story but interesting facts. ...

    Well researched and well told story. How directly violent our politics were leading up to the Civil War. ...

    Loved it! Everything is shown from different perspectives and i learned a lot. However, i do not believe i will ever look at chewing tobacco the same lol ...

    Great read and fascinating insight on a forgotten man and a forgotten era in congressional politics. ...

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  • Jessica Jackson
    Sep 25, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

  • Anne Morgan
    Aug 11, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

  • Joseph
    Sep 28, 2018

    I watched every minute of the Kavanaugh hearings, appalled at the procedural bullying of the Republicans, the cries of anguish from the female protestors, and I said to myself: could the atmosphere in Congress ever have been worse than this? It was then that I remembered my history, ...

    Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an entertaining, well researched, and well-written examination of physical violence in U.S. Congress in the decades leading to the Civil War. Most of it stems from diarist B.B. French, who managed...

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I real...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman courtesy of Net Galley  and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog...

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thorough and quite informative on the duress and violence in Congress leading up to the Civil War. This book goes much more in depth about the divisiveness in the country. Several of these incidents will...

    More interesting than entertaining, if that makes sense. I think I was hoping for a ____ vs.____ kind of thing. Instead, it was a pretty straightforward, chronological take, based mostly on French's writings and observations of congress. Overall, still a great insight into a part of hi...

    A thorough examination of the threats and acts of violence by congressmen in the decades leading up to the civil war. I was impressed by the author's ability to find the historical records detailing these events, especially when so many lawmakers tried to hide, downplay, or rewrite the...

    As a public historian/tour guide at the US Capitol, I will cherish this incredibly well-researched book as new foundation stone in my effort to educate the public about the tumultuous history of Congress. ...

    Fascinating prelude to the Civil War Reading the prelude to the war through the lens of the Congress was very insightful. The bullying and stifling of free speech in congress is not something taught in school. Congress was a reflection of the nation as a whole. Well written ...

    This book was more a biography of B.B. French than it was about fighting in Congress. At times the narrative seemed redundant and a bit pedantic. A good starting place for someone just getting into the Civil War era, but not terribly interesting to someone well versed in Civil War lore...