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Ryan

Portland, OR, United States
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-13

Great book, difficult listen

A powerful, multi-dimensional description of a central pivot point in the war, this book shows Gen. McClellan in particular in all his complexity as a way to examine the incredible contradictions inherent in a democratic society that also enslaved millions. McClellan was basically a pro-white-supremacy northerner who wanted the union back together quickly so he could get elected president, and he seems to have considered turning his army toward Washington to do so!
This audio performance, however, is very difficult to get through. Turn it to half-speed and try to ignore how he hits the word "AND" the exact same way every time (if you can) and maybe you can make it through. It feels like the reader has little comprehension as if he were reading nonsense words.

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