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Edward L. Ayers

Edward L. Ayers is the author of the Bancroft Prize–winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies and other works of history honored as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.


Books by Edward L. Ayers

  1. Book CoverIn the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1864

    Winner of the Bancroft Prize: Through a gripping narrative based on massive new research, a leading historian reshapes our understanding of the Civil War.More

  2. Book CoverThe Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

    Winner of the Lincoln Prize

    A landmark Civil War history told from a fresh, deeply researched ground-level perspective.More

  3. Book CoverTwo Communities in the Civil War

    This selection of documents offers an insightful look at one Northern and one Southern community only 200 miles apart in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.More

  4. Book CoverWhat Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

    “An extremely good writer, [Ayers] is well worth reading . . . on the South and Southern history.”—Stephen Sears, Boston GlobeMore