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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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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- Damian "Criminal Defense Attorney and Combat Deployed Green Beret/AB Ranger (Iraq/Afghanistan/Other Places). Santa Fe, New Mexico"

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

Book Details

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