Jefferson Davis

  • by William C. Davis
  • Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach
  • 30 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Could be more generous

I am really tired of seeing this dedicated and modest man being treated as a second-rater or as laboratory contagion to be contained. He was one of the finest statesmen of the 19th century. Perhaps he was too ethereally religious, perhaps he stood too much on principle, perhaps he was, in modern parlance, a micromanager. Still, most of his contemporaries are no more than midway hucksters when they get put against Jefferson Davis.

William C. Davis really could have praised him a little more, given him his due. What he does is place him somewhere in the Pantheon between Winfield Scott and Franklin Pierce.
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- margot

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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- chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.