Author Louis P. Masur begins with the causes of the conflict and continues year by year covering major political, social events of the time. Not to mention the military events, battles and important characters of the war.
The book focuses on two main themes:
How the war changed from an effort to restore Union towards an all-out war that would change the fundamental existence of the Southern society. And how the war changed to become a battle to abolish slavery.
Masur continues in the aftermath of the war, including post-war policy and reconstruction. It's a good introduction into this very complicated era of American history.
The Civil War: A Concise History is a readable, palatable introductory overview of the different causes, major events and some new stories that have created the Civil War.