Generals South, Generals North. Alan Axelrod selects twelve generals from each side of the Civil War whom he considers the most important, and each chapter serves as a biography and evaluation of each general. Given the format, there's not a ton of depth, but it's a pretty good survey for the casual reader. Axelrod is clearly a Civil War enthusiast, which gives the book some energy, and isn't afraid to make judgments, without being overly biased. Moreover, the prose is often witty, which is a big plus.