Bust Hell Wide Open

  • by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.
  • Narrated by Dan John Miller
  • 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An intimate biography of Nathan Bedford Forrest, arguably the most interesting figure to emerge from the Civil War - widely admired as a military genius.
At 14 he became the head of his impoverished family, responsible for feeding 11 on the rough American frontier. By 39 he had established himself as a successful plantation owner worth over $1 million. And at 40 years old, Nathan Bedford Forrest enlisted in a Tennessee cavalry regiment - and became a controversial Civil War legend.
The legacy of General Nathan Bedford Forrest is deeply divisive. Best known for being accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow and for his role as first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - an organization he later denounced - Forrest has often been studied as a military figure, but never before studied as a fascinating individual who wrestled with the complex issues of his violent times. Bust Hell Wide Open is a comprehensive portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest as a man: his achievements, failings, reflections, and regrets.

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Not the man I expected

Mr. Miller's performance is awesome making this an easy listen.

The story of Nathan Bedford Forrest is quite fascinating. While there is very little time spent on the topic that drew me to buy this book in the first place, I came to learn of a Forrest I didn't expect.

If you come to this book expecting a racist war criminal, you will leave amazed at the complexities that made up General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Mitcham succeeded in painting a very human portrait of a man, not just a historical caricature.

My only distraction, being an editor myself, was there appears to be a few incidents of sloppy editing. It seems a paragraph or 2 were edited, but pieces of the original left behind, with a thought or phrase being repeated only a paragraph or 2 later.
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- tdg

Outstanding

Would you listen to Bust Hell Wide Open again? Why?

Yes if I forgot it


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This book draws you in quickly, it's one of the best narrated audiobooks I've listened to, the reader is outstanding. The author is outstanding, he really knows how to draw you in and keep you listening. I can't get enough of it.

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- B. Wood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.