Nathan Bedford Forrest

  • by Jack Hurst
  • Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach
  • 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He was a fierce and controversial Civil War officer, an unschooled but brilliant cavalryman, an epic figure in America's most celebrated war. A superb tactician and ferocious fighter, Nathan Bedford Forrest revolutionized the way armies fought in the course of rising from private to lieutenant general in the Confederate Army.In this detailed and fascinating account of the legend of the "Wizard of the Saddle," we see a man whose strengths and flaws were both of towering proportions, a man possessed of physical valor perhaps unprecedented among his countrymen. And, ironically, Forrest - the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - was a man whose social attitudes may well have changed farther in the direction of racial enlightenment over the span of his lifetime than those of most American historical figures.


What the Critics Say

"Hurst presents a balanced, well-documented study of Nathan Bedford Forrest, whom many consider to be the most brilliant general of the Civil War....[A]n outstanding study of one of the Civil War's more controversial generals. Essential." (Library Journal)
"Hurst's is the best all-around recent life of Forrest...." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The irrefutable military record of an acknowledged tactical genius...the most complete and complex portrait yet of the Civil War Jekyll and Hyde." (Chicago Tribune)


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Dry but Thorough

If you could sum up Nathan Bedford Forrest in three words, what would they be?

Nathan Bedford Forrest was fearless, passionate and a leader. Although Bedford has had a controversial life I admire his generalship during the Civil War.

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- Justin Swihart

An Excellent book

I think that this is one of the most unbiased biographies I have ever listened to. A little tedius in places but very well done overall.
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- Jim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.