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A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian's acclaimed Civil War history of the complex man and controversial Union commander whose battlefield brilliance ensured the downfall of the Confederacy.
Preeminent Civil War historian Bruce Catton narrows his focus on commander Ulysses S. Grant, whose bold tactics and relentless dedication to the Union ultimately ensured a Northern victory in the nation's bloodiest conflict.
While a succession of Union generals - from McClellan to Burnside to Hooker to Meade - were losing battles and sacrificing troops due to ego, egregious errors, and incompetence, an unassuming Federal Army commander was excelling in the Western theater of operations. Though unskilled in military power politics and disregarded by his peers, Colonel Grant, commander of the Twenty-First Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was proving to be an unstoppable force. He won victory after victory at Belmont, Fort Henry, and Fort Donelson, while brilliantly avoiding near-catastrophe and ultimately triumphing at Shiloh. And Grant's bold maneuvers at Vicksburg would cost the Confederacy its invaluable lifeline: the Mississippi River. But destiny and President Lincoln had even loftier plans for Grant, placing nothing less than the future of an entire nation in the capable hands of the North's most valuable military leader.
Based in large part on military communiqués, personal eyewitness accounts, and Grant's own writings, Catton's extraordinary history offers listeners an insightful look at arguably the most innovative Civil War battlefield strategist, unmatched by even the South's legendary Robert E. Lee.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Roberta Rothwell on 01-11-18

Riveting history with a great narration

Where does Grant Moves South rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent. The details of Grant's move down the Mississippi and the battles in Tennessee and Mississippi gives you insight into Grant's methodology and his ability to see strategy like no one else in the Civil War. Also Grant's tenaciousness in seeing that the war would only be won by destroying armies was essential to the success of the war.

What did you like best about this story?

The details of the weather, land and engineering difficulties endured and overcome by Grant's strategy and his ability to think outside the box. Gives you a different perspective about what the Union soldiers endured during this campaign. Bronson Pinchot does a fabulous job narrating this history. He emphasizes where necessary but lets the words speak for themselves. His performance lures you into the campaign and helps you to understand more fully the complexities of this western struggle for the Mississippi Valley. His narration is understated. He understands that the narrator is telling the story not acting it out.

Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

Grant of course. His emergence from obscurity to great general is the core of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment when William Tecumseh Sherman convinced Grant not to resign his commission. Sherman did the country a great service.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard Menard on 04-17-17

Grant Moves South

Author Bruce Catton was excellent at turning a historical event or period into a wonderful and interesting story, either to read in a book or listen to on audiobook.

The narrator, Bronson Pinchot, made the story-telling even more pleasing to the listener by moving the narrative along at just the right pace.

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