Hearts Touched by Fire
- The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War
- Narrated by: Joe Barrett, Traber Burns, Robin Field, Grover Gardner, Malcom Hillgartner, John Pruden, Sean Runnette
- Length: 51 hrs and 1 min
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-02-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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The articles would be written by generals, Union and Confederate alike, who had commanded the engagements two decades earlier—“or, if he were not living,” by “the person most entitled to speak for him or in his place.” The pieces would present both sides of each major battle and would be fair and free of politics. Now, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the most enduring entries from the classic four-volume series Battles and Leaders of the Civil War have been edited and merged into one definitive volume. Here are the best of the immortal first-person accounts of the Civil War originally published in the pages of the Century magazine more than a hundred years ago.
Hearts Touched by Fire offers stunning accounts of the war’s great battles written by the men who planned, fought, and witnessed them, from leaders such as General Ulysses S. Grant, General George McClellan, and Confederate captain Clement Sulivane to men of lesser rank. This collection also features new year-by-year introductions by esteemed historians, including James M. McPherson, Craig L. Symonds, and James I. Robertson, Jr., who cast wise modern eyes on the cataclysm that changed America and that would go down as the bloodiest conflict in our nation’s history.
No one interested in our country’s past will want to be without this collection of the most popular and influential first-person Civil War memoirs ever published.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By William M. on 12-03-15
A good audiobook with one big flaw
I am a history lover and have read many books and listened to a number of audiobooks about the Civil War.
The chapters cover some excellent material although I would have liked to hear more personal stories from regular participants and more casual observers.
The biggest problem with this audiobook however is that their is virtually NO introduction to the chapters. In many cases the listener is left wondering exactly who is saying what and in what context.If you miss the 1st 10 seconds of a chapter you are pretty much left wondering what the chapter is about and/or having to rewind to see if that was even mentioned.
It would also be helpful if the Audible app had descriptive chapter names rather than just chapter numbers like 1..2..3..which by the way do not match the narration's chapter numbers..
I would still recommend the audiobook but I personally think it needs to be redone with an introduction for each chapter clearly explaining the basic who/what/where/when..
It seems obvious that there was originally a hardcover book with additional illustration and references that the publisher failed to include/address with the audio version unfortunately.
Aside from all this the material is well sourced and is valuable for those with an interest in the war and US history.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By jeffrey on 06-03-13
The war as seen by the men who were there.
Any additional comments?
The anthology nature of the work screams for better navigation and descriptions. I don't necessarily want to listen to it in order since the chapters can stand on their own. I would like to be able to jump around and listen to the chapters that interest me and skip the ones that don't.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful