I was never taught in any civics our history class the struggles of the north and south regarding not only slavery but the Civil War. I can hardly wait to finish volume two. Many other books I've read in the past have only described civil war battles, and completely left out the causes and effects of the slavery issue. I think all Americans should read a book like this to get there compasses reset.
Definitely. Great refresher course / overview of the Civil War.
George Thomas. Never gets his due credit.
Sherman's march from Atlanta.
No, prefer to extend the experience.
Mr. Davis, Please, its BOW, the pointy part of a boat not BOH as on a gift. And TRED-e-gar not Tre-DEE-gar iron works. Minor issues likely more the fault of the director than the narrator. A few other pronunciations, pointed out in other reviews, which brought me up short but did not really detract much from the overall fine quality of the narration. Mr. McPherson's book does not pretend to be anything other than the one volume examination of the Civil War that it is. Comparing it to Shelby Foote's three volume history is rather unfair. And Foote himself has stated that his sympathies were with the South. So discussions of balance also seem a bit unjust. For one whose interest in the Civil War is piqued by this book it provides good direction for seeking more information about the major players.
I don't know if MacPherson got the Union general's name incorrect (unlikely), or a reading problem of the voice actor, but it is incorrect, irritating, and distracting.
McPherson's prize-winning work is a definitive narrative history of the Civil War with an amazing amount of detail regarding the political nuances and meticulous research behind the battles and the commanders.
This history has it all - the battles, the personalities, the events, and the economic, political, and social context of the war. Together with part 2 it's 40 hours long, but it's so readable and well-written that it just flies past - and leaves you far more edified than when you began.
The most memorable moment was the description of the fight for the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Courthouse. You could almost see the era of limited warfare ending and the era of total war beginning at that one spot.
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I have been reading one Oxford History of the United States volume after another and finding each one fascinating, insightful, and well-written. I was particularly interested in how President Lincoln responded to the ever-mounting tension between North and South. He kept a cool head, trying to avoid war. The Southerners come across as a bunch of unrealistic hotheads. Had the politicians been thinking analytically, they would have known before the first shot was fired that they couldn't win.
This book was about so much more than the war: western expansion, religion, the birth of the women's movement, industrialization, education, finance, culture, transportation . . . McPherson doesn't miss anything. He organizes the material in a way that is simultaneously macro and micro, and all the pieces fit together. He enables readers to grasp what the United States was about during this era.
Now. Let's. Talk. About. The. Narrator. He read so slowly, I kept picturing him nodding off, chin on chest. I set my iPhone to 1.25 speed, and even at that he did not sound rushed.
Book is detailed, but it covers social, historical, political and geopolitical aspects not covered elsewhere.
I have Battle Cry of Freedom in book form but haven't read it. When I found out it was offered in audiobook form I was thrilled. I just finished listening to the book (Audible has broken up the book into two "volumes") and I am extremely disappointed. I learned nothing new, the writing was dry and boring, and the analysis was superficial. I do not understand why this book won a Pulitzer Prize. Listening to this book was a waste of time and I deeply regret buying the book and the audiobooks.
The Civil War, in 3 volumes, by Shelby Foote.
He has a nice, pleasant voice.
I read Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin a few years ago and it was one of the most exciting books on the Civil War that I've ever read. I just bought the audiobook and will be listening to it after the three volumes by Shelby Foote.
Provides accurate insights into the differences between the South and the rest of the country which are as cogent today as they were in the 1850's and 60's. We should have let the South secede. It would have saved us a great deal of social and political conflict that continues to hamper us today. It was also refreshing to read and listen to a book without the errors of grammar and syntax that are so common in many books published currently.
Want to understand the underpinnings of the Tea Party and other right wing organizations in the United States? You can't go wrong starting with this book.