• Jefferson Davis

  • The Man and His Hour
  • By: William C. Davis
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 30 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-17-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This book paints a vivid picture of Jefferson Davis as a multifaceted, often charismatic man who mirrored the turbulent times in which he lived and who stood solidly for the South that he loved. Ranging over the complete span of his long life, it shows him as a hardworking Mississippi planter, a compassionate slave owner, a hero of the Mexican War, and an able secretary of war under Franklin Pierce. But it is on the years of the Civil War and Davis’s controversial performance as president of the Confederacy that the book naturally focuses.
Loved by many for his eloquence, courage, loyalty, and devotion, he was vilified by many more for his well-known obstinacy and vanity, his feuds with his best commanders, and his unwillingness to delegate responsibility to others. Judicious, balanced, compassionate, Jefferson Davis is an enthralling account of a remarkable man.
©1991 William C. Davis (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rodney on 05-29-13

A very good look at a misunderstood man

I've read a ton of Civil War books so I was already very familiar with Davis but wanted something that just focused on him and in particular the post-Civil War period, this book works nicely for that, although I would have liked a more in-depth look at his later life. The first half of the book gets you to the Civil War, then the Civil War takes up probably 2/3rds of the 2nd half of the book. The pacing in the book is quite good and I never found the book to get dull or bogged down on trivial matters. The author does a good job of staying neutral for the most part. Overall this is an excellent addition for Civil War buffs or people that just want to know more about the South or Davis himself. I personally think it would make an excellent counterpart to anyone reading biographies on Lincoln to give a more well balanced view of his Presidency.

As for the reader I have mixed feelings, at the beginning of the book it really seems rushed -- but either I got used to it or he slowed down since about 1/3rd of the way into the book it no longer bothered me. Overall he does a good job, it's a straight read but appropriate for the content.

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3 out of 5 stars
By chris on 08-11-14

Overall, pretty good

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, Jefferson Davis is a man I knew about, through books on the Civil War and the Mexican war. This however was entirely about his lifetime and went into very good detail about it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I don't think the narrator detracted from the book, but the editing did. There are obvious breaks in the flow and several times it seems that the stop the recording when he's in the middle of a word or sentence and then start the next track without editing out the cut off word/sentence.

Was Jefferson Davis worth the listening time?


Any additional comments?

It is a very good biography. It's thorough, without being dry. While Davis is obviously the central figure of the book, it shows him for the person he was without being partisan. It's objective, which is important to me. I like the rhythm of the book which is very in depth at points, but it doesn't get boring. I'd recommend it for anyone interested in Jefferson Davis, the Civil War, American History or just trying to learn something new.

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