Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

  • by James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict.
Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights. McPherson merges the words of these men and other political luminaries, housewives, and soldiers from both armies with his own concise analysis of the war to create a story as compelling as any novel.
Battle Cry of Freedom vividly traces how a new nation was forged when a war both sides were sure would amount to little dragged on for four years and cost more American lives than all other wars combined.
Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. Battle Cry of Freedom is number VI in The Oxford History of the United States.

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What the Critics Say

"Of the 50,000 books written on the Civil War, [this is] the finest compression of that national paroxysm ever fitted between two covers." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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What a Pleasant Surprise

I am not a Civil War history buff but my father-in-law read this and raved about it so much my husband decided to purchase it. He used up all our credits on it and I needed something to listen to until we got our new credits on the 10th. I figured I'd just listen to it until then and pitch it for something else.

Well, the 10th came and went and I was still captivated by this story. I was hooked! It's all very factual but wrapped up in such a great sense of import that it was absolutely enthralling. I will admit some of the politics got to be a bit complicated and there are several instances where a visual timeline would have been greatly helpful but as long as I was not intent on memorizing every move, name and circumstance, I found it to be generally enjoyable.

I learned more about the Civil War listening to this than I did in my history classes and it was more interesting than a textbook. I have a completely new appreciation for the struggle our country faced and came through. I plan on looking for a similar book on reconstruction so I can have a feel for how our country began to heal from this tragic era in our history.

I highly recommend this to everyone.
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- Kenneth

The Best Civil War Book

This series should be read first before all others. It is an excellent perspective of the War from why it started to its final conclusion.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books