1. George Crook: From the Redwoods to Appomattox by Paul Magid (Univ of Okla Pr, 2011).
Magid's book takes an in depth look at Crook's less heralded early military career, beginning in the Far West in California, Oregon, and Washington Territory and moving on through the Civil War years in West Virginia, western theater service with the Army of the Cumberland, and with Union forces in Virginia. Recent writers have been quite critical of Crook's up and down Civil War performances and I am looking forward to Magid's assessment.
2. The Global Lincoln edited by Richard Carwardine and Jay Sexton (Oxford Univ Pr, 2011).
A series of essays examining Lincoln's legacy from the perspectives of foreign historians.