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A very thorough and detailed account of the history and political machinations of the early Civil War, leading to the Emancipation Proclamation. The intrigues of the almost dysfunctional general officer corps on the Union side is completely fascinating.
The narrator handles the material quite well, it is a non-fiction work and I do not appreciate dramatized readings. I would definitely listen to any other audiobooks he has narrated.
There is a lengthy description of the entire Antietam battle(s) which may not appeal to the more casual Civil War buff--including me. I listened to all of it, but it can easily be skipped by those of us who prefer a more overall view
A powerful, multi-dimensional description of a central pivot point in the war, this book shows Gen. McClellan in particular in all his complexity as a way to examine the incredible contradictions inherent in a democratic society that also enslaved millions. McClellan was basically a pro-white-supremacy northerner who wanted the union back together quickly so he could get elected president, and he seems to have considered turning his army toward Washington to do so!
This audio performance, however, is very difficult to get through. Turn it to half-speed and try to ignore how he hits the word "AND" the exact same way every time (if you can) and maybe you can make it through. It feels like the reader has little comprehension as if he were reading nonsense words.