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There isn't much in terms of books about reconstruction on Audible and I was hoping that this might help fill that void, but this book is not that. The book mainly focuses on brief generic bios of people involved with government during and after the Civil War. If you've read a decent amount of Civil War history there is nothing to be learned here - but if you're a beginner that wants a simple overview of the war and the years after this, this will perhaps work but it will also be extremely incomplete. Also the book is written from a northern point of view. I think the author tries to be balanced, but the way he presents information isn't always done very well. Nothing outrageous or anything - just missing pieces of information here and there that could have been summed up in a sentence or two isn't there and changes the context of numerous pieces of information he provides - like General Lee applying for citizenship, the author leaves out why he did that.
The reader does a good job with the material provided.
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The author as a Lot of very good detailed information, but seems to jump back and forth through time and history. This makes it a little difficult to follow unless you're able to listen for hours and hours without a break. when I would start up again after stopping it would take some time to get caught back up to which timeframe the story was in.
Overall, I liked it.