Quantrill's War

  • by Duane Schultz
  • Narrated by Richard Davidson
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning novelist and historian Duane Schultz, dramatically recreates the treachery of Civil War "Colonel" William Clarke Quantrill's life and the riveting climax of his infamous raid on Lawrence, Kansas. From letters and diaries, Schultz skillfully weaves together this exciting, dark side of Quantrill - a man who was part warrior, part villain.At first, William Clarke Quantrill conveniently sided with whomever was the strongest at the time - abolitionists or slavery supporters - but eventually, he settled on backing the Confederacy. With his charismatic personality, he attracted a motley band of idealists and renegades for his guerilla army. Quantrill longed to be an officer, but when the Confederacy refused to commission him, because of his tactics of murdering for pleasure and looting for gain, he simply took the title of colonel and later, captain.Narrator Richard M. Davidson takes the listener to the battlefields, bringing to life the people, sights, and sounds of the Civil War. The combination of Schultz's masterful descriptions and Davidson's sense of timing makes Quantrill's history as exciting as today's headlines.

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What the Critics Say

"Schultz retells Quantrill's life with dramatic flourish - his re-creation of the Lawrence, Kansas, massacre and of the pursuit of Quantrill by scattered Union forces is particularly exciting. Readers interested in the dark side of the Civil War will find much to ponder." (Publishers Weekly)

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Quantrill's War - a famous criminal's story

The fascinating and horrific accounts in and around the life of this man and those of his contemporaries are fascinating pieces of history every person with family roots in Kansas or Missouri should know about as well as any Civil War buff or criminologist should become familiar with. A history as told by an excellent narrator, and of course kudos to the author on a job very well done.
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- pulmonator

Interesting Perspective

Mr Schultz's examination of the Confederate guerrilla, Quantrill was enlightening if not overly entertaining.

War (in particular, civil war) is a bloody and brutal thing. From the outset, Mr Schultz skewered Quantrill on essentially being nothing but an opportunist and bandit. He takes every effort to make this point throughout the book. Ironically, the brutality and atrocities committed by Quantrill (scalping, robbery, murder, etc.) were matched (if not learned from) stroke for stroke in the book by Union troops and sympathizers.

The story was reasonable. The narration was good. Overall, a worthwhile story for those with an interest in the subject.
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- Jugg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books