Fierce Patriot

  • by Robert O'Connell
  • Narrated by Andrew Garman
  • 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With a unique, witty, and conversational voice historian Robert O'Connell breaks down the often paradoxical, easily caricatured character of General William T. Sherman for the most well-rounded portrait of the man yet written. There were many Shermans, according to O'Connell. Most prominently was Sherman the military strategist (indeed, one of the greatest strategists of all time), who gained an appreciation of geography from early campaigns out west and applied it to his famed Civil War march. Then there was "Uncle Billy", Sherman's popular persona, the charismatic and beloved leader of the Army of the West, and instrumental in the achievement of the transcontinental railroad in his post-war years. This Sherman, as O'Connell writes, was "the human embodiment of manifest destiny". From north to south and east to west, Sherman dedicated his life to keeping the United States united. Finally, there was Sherman the family man, whose tempestuous relationship with his wife (and stepsister!) Ellen is out of a Dickens novel. Throughout, O'Connell breaks down the misperceptions about Sherman, bolstered both by contemporary journalists and by the work of modern historians. O'Connell makes a compelling case that Sherman's march through the south was not a campaign of unmitigated destruction, but a necessary piece of strategy and the perceived chaos has been overblown. O'Connell's Sherman is ultimately a complicated and quintessential 19th-century American. Robert O' Connell worked as Senior Analyst at the U.S. Army Intelligence Agency's Foreign Science and Technology Center and was a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

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One of the best

I found this book very captivating. I have listened to it twice. Sherman won the civil war, or greatly assisted in ending it. He was a military genius who wanted and was successful in disgracing and humiliating the southern plantation owners. The march was genius. His dislike of the media and war itself is part of the mystique.
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- robert

Informative but...

Too many modern analogies and moral equivalence to hold up in the long run.

Narrator also sounded too young and snarky for the material. Reading speed was slow enough that I listened at 1.25x speed.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books