The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2 : The Civil War: A Narrative

  • by Shelby Foote
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: The Civil War: A Narrative
  • 52 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2 continues one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. Focusing on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume in Shelby Foote's masterful narrative history brings to life some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant's Vicksburg Campaign.
The word narrative is the key to this book's extraordinary incandescence and truth: The story is told entirely from the point of view of the people involved. One learns not only what was happening on all fronts but also how the author discovered it during his years of exhaustive research.
This is a must-listen for anyone interested in one of the bloodiest wars in America's history.


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Customer Reviews

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Even better than the first one!

Wow. It seems either I got better at following the battles or Foote's explanations are more concise and beautiful. Either way, a most excellent account of the Civil War. A lot of crazy characters, beautifully horrible descriptions, and political intrigue. Plus, it's all true, which is a plus.
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- J. Grablowski


Shelby Foote’s history of America’s Civil War is a classic for all who wish to understand the culture and strength of American democracy. America, like most nations, is a diverse country. Societal differences make the United States both strong and weak. Strength comes from limited freedom within a government of checks and balances. Weakness comes from the nature of human beings who violate moral and ethical standards defined by society.

The norms of society are shaped by human experience. Religion, money, power, and prestige drive Americans to achieve fame and success; as well as infamy and failure. Foote recounts the interplay between civilian and military leaders in America’s civil war who show how these drives shape American society. The evil of slavery tangles itself into the Civil War’s human experience. Slavery is reviled by some; while fully endorsed by others.

Generals, political leaders, and soldier/citizens on both sides of the Civil War demonstrate various levels of good and bad behavior. Some vie for the money, power, and prestige of command. Some fight for the glory of God whom they feel is on their side. Some fight because they are paid to fight. Some fight because they can exercise power over another. Some fight for the spoils of war. Some fight to win the accolade of those who follow their lead. Others vie for nothing more than the desire to win against an opposing force.

There are heroes and villains in this Civil War. Foote tells the story of America's Civil War from his voluminous research and personal perspective. He offers facts that show both sides of the conflict have honorable and flawed leaders. Foote, like all human beings, does not escape his own prejudices. There seem hints of Southern sympathy and ethnic prejudice. Even the best historians are human; neither omnipresent or omniscient.

The listener/reader judges for themselves based on their own beliefs. Lincoln, Davis, Stanton, Halleck, McClellan, Mead, Rosencrans, Lee, Grant, Sherman, Longstreet, and Stonewall Jackson are heroes with flaws. Each chose their path which leaves them to historian’s and reader/listener’s judgement. All are arguably motivated by experience of their religion, and their desire for a degree of money, power, and prestige.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.