Nothing to see here folks. For anyone who has a knowledge of the Civil War beyond what the teacher told you in high school, there are no revelations in this book. The book is of course slanted in favor of the South and is full of opinionated writing that is weakly backed by questionable facts. One of the issues I have with the book is that it still doesn't take responsibility for the South firing the first shot. Had the South waited and gained support from Britain and France first, history might be very different. An outright falsehood in the book is the statement that Lincoln owned slaves. Lincoln's family left Kentucky when he was a child and he never again lived in a slave state. Lincoln did hire both black and white servants, and may have come into possession of an indentured servant (someone working to repay a debt, not the same as a slave). There is no definitive proof that this person was indentured.
Overall this book is a waste of time. If you want to learn about the war, read McPherson and Foote.
Although the author makes many good points, some of his assertions are, in my opinion, sheer nonsense. It always amazes me to hear people try to pass off the crap about the war not being about slavery, and I was born and raised in the South. If you listen to this, do so with an open mind and remember that these are his opinions, then listen to some of the good Civil War books :-)
What a waste of time. The author glosses over the estimated 550,000 deaths caused by these traitors to their country. The author would like us to believe that slavery would have died eventually in the CSA of it's owen volition. Yeah right. This book contain nothing new about the Civil War, but seems to try to justify the South's secession. I would suggest Battle Cry of Freedom if you would like to know why the South started the war.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I have always been a Civil War buff and enjoyed reading a wide variety of materials on the war. However, I found this work disjointed and slow. It is quite possible this book is better read, rather than listened to, but having not picked up a paper version of it, I'm not sure.