Crucible of Command

  • by William C. Davis
  • Narrated by Traber Burns
  • 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A dual biography of two iconic leaders: how they fought a bloody, brutal war then forged a lasting peace that fundamentally changed our nation.
They met in person only four times, yet these two men determined the outcome of the Civil War and cast competing styles for the reunited nation. Each the subject of innumerable biographies, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee have never before been paired as they are here.
Exploring their personalities, their character, and their ethical, moral, political, and military worlds, William C. Davis finds surprising similarities between the two men as well as new perspectives on how their lives prepared them for the war they fought and influenced how they fought it. Davis reveals Lee's sense of failure before the war, Grant's optimism during disaster, and the sophisticated social and political instincts that each had when waging a war between democracies.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book!

Very interesting study in the dichotomy of the Civil War's two most famous generals. Focuses less on the battles and tactics than on the respective personalities.
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- Captain Awesome

Author fails to peel back the layers.

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

I purchased this book because I’ve studied the southern generals of the Civil War and I thought this would be a good bridge into the northern subject matter. I have read a few books and listened to three biographies in which General Lee was a pivotal character. Based on the author's portrayal of Lee I am confident Grant's story leaves much to be desired. Your time would be much better spent studying one man at a time.

What do you think your next listen will be?

My next book will be about General Grant.

Which character – as performed by Traber Burns – was your favorite?

Traber Burns gives a subtle performance and I would not shy away from listening to one of his other narrations.

Any additional comments?

Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda is a great listen.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.