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The Election of 1860: "A Campaign Fraught with Consequences"
Michael F. Holt
Progress: 50/272 pages
The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental
John Torpey

Reading progress update: I've read 276 out of 904 pages.

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) - James M. McPherson

Now that I've read a few books on the secession crisis, I can't say that I fully agree with McPherson's interpretation of it. Had he done a new edition, it would have been interesting to see if he would have revised it in light of some of the more recent works on the subject.