Here is the final volume of the highly acclaimed narrative history named one of the best nonfiction books of the century by National Review.
In The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 3, Shelby Foote follows the events of the war from 1862 through 1864, discussing the strategies of both the North and the South and assessing the performance of the Union generals. The book opens with the beginning of the two final, major confrontations of the war: Grant against Lee in Virginia and Sherman pressing Johnston in North Georgia. In vivid narrative as seen from both sides, he tells of the climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, that finally decided the fate of this nation.
The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 3 brings to a close the story of four years of turmoil and strife that altered American life forever.
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Epic Conclusion to the Series
I started reading the print version's series years ago, but never finished it; it may have seemed too daunting. However, having finished the audio version now, I can say that this version captured me more. Yes, I missed the maps, but you can always look those up on the internet. I prefer the audio version because it helped me finish the series, and enjoy even more while doing so.
I learned to appreciate two characters more: one major, and one less so. Robert E. Lee is fascinating. His tactics, attitude, leadership traits, and skill on the battlefield brought out his character and influence on the Southern cause.
General George Thomas, the Virginian, was also presented well. I learned so much more about him than I'd previously known. I liked his steadfastness and dependability. Students should learn more about this man.
His voice matches the time period perfectly. He is not trite, simple, or boring. His voice is easy to listen to, his pronunciations are accurate, and he portrays the narrative and its author perfectly.
The events portrayed in this volume are perhaps the least known to most Americans (excluding Sherman's March and Appomattox), as they definitely were to me. The Overland Campaign was brutal, and Shelby Foote tells its story in a way that makes it very interesting. I was amazed by the shear scale of those sets of battles, and the determination it took for the Union to follow through with the campaign.
I don't hesitate to say that this series is the best volume of history I've ever read. I didn't consider myself a student of the Civil War before reading; now that I'm finished, I look forward to reading more about this tragic period of American history.
- Dustin Speckhals
Civil War From Southern Perspective
- Paul in Towson