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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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By Damian on 03-30-17

This is a superb and concise biography

Of a man most incredibly and unjustly maligned by history. A titan of American history who embodies all the characteristics of western civilization mythological heroes: Courage, tenacity, fortitude, honor compassion, mercy and, Yes, racial enlightenment. Effusive praise? Indeed! And if the courage of General Forest could be exceeded, then the author has done so by bravely ignoring the petty, malevolent Shibboleths of political correctness - presenting the listener with a well researched and exacting work that destroys the hysteria of those who only wish to embrace both fake news and fake history. Highly recommended.

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By B. Wood on 02-23-17

Outstanding

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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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By Amazon Customer on 10-30-17

Wizardry in many saddles

This is a really interesting look at the life of a controversial figure from the US civil war. While he must have been difficult to be around, this review is certainly one you’ll want to keep with you for a long time.

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By pg33 on 07-29-17

A fair & authentic portrait of CSA's best general<br />

A well written book. Highly recommended for anyone interested in authentic historic accounts rather than the usual modern day demonization of the South and of the brave men who fought and died in defense of their homeland. Bedford Forrest, the Wizard of the Saddle, was probably the greatest of the generals on either side of the war, and this book is a good introduction into both his military genius and his character.

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