1. A General Who Will Fight: The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant by Harry S. Laver (UP of KY, 2013).
Laver uses the word "analytical determination" (it's mentioned three times in the book description alone) to describe the driving factor behind Grant's successful generalship. The book seeks to better define the traits that made the unexceptional antebellum Grant an exceptional Civil War leader. Hopefully, the author does not spend too much time refuting already discredited criticisms.
2. Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery by Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer (Temple Univ Pr, 2013).
The legacy of emancipation is examined through a study of 150 antebellum period through 1930s photographic images.