I love historical fiction like Stephen Pressfield, military history and military technothrillers
Well presented, great detail
The evolution of the "Wide a Wakes"
Voice tone and inflections --- adds something special
This is without doubt the best Civil War History I've read in a long time.
Such a wonderful tapestry of different stories, filled with suspense because we know what's coming.
This is a really well balanced look at the complex forces that shaped the years leading into the Civil War. For me, the most interesting part is the rather ambivalent anti-slavery position of many in the north.
unexpected great read.
I listened to Adam Goodheart's book on the start of the Civil War with my web search engine and Google Maps ready to zoom in on the people and places so excellently described and chronicled in 1861. Following Harry Bosch around L.A. in a Connelly book is one thing but tracing the emotions and feelings of real characters and locations that led the country to civil war is far more exciting. Mr. Goodheart patches together the personal and published accounts of long dead witnesses to the nation's gradual split and blends it with an easy narrative that pulls you along. It's hard not to compare the politics and fervor of the time with the present. But most of all Goodheart introduces you to memorable characters living across the nation that played no small part in influencing the the minute by minute approach to the bloody war. An unexpected great read.
yes. I did reach each of the three parts in one sitting, walking and exercising.
I assume the book had photos of the terrific historical characters described with words. I do wish there was a way we AUDIO BOOK fans could see the illustrations of narrated works.
The premise for this book is interesting, what were normal everyday people feeling and thinking leading up to the Civil War, however as the book goes along the author completely loses focus on what he’s writing back and it just ends up being hours upon about the evils of slavery. There are some interesting views into the lives of slaves, how much more freedom they enjoyed as opposed to what we might otherwise think – however these limited observations are surround by long segments of speculation on what slaves and owners alike might have been thinking. Isn’t this supposed to be a history book? The book is written almost entirely from a northern perspective – nothing wrong with that just know it’s very far from impartial. The final downside is how enthralled the author is with his own writing, needlessly painting and then repainting and coming back yet again to repaint the same scene. This is truly a book that could have used a good editor. In all the book was an interesting read in the places where it was original, however too much of the time it’s filled with speculation and long drawn out paragraphs trying in earnest to make you believe you’re reading a truly magnificent piece of literature – which you’re not. Still 3 out of 5 stars seems to be a fair score in my opinon.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is informative and well written. Though I have read or listened to many books about the Civil War, I still learned a great deal from this one.
yes, as long as they were interested in history, like I am. I loved how it wove together political, social and economic history by telling stories of individuals and cities, not just at the national level. I learned so much I had never heard before.
I am fascinated by history, particularly when it is from a first-person perspective (why I love historical fiction), and this story covered so much in such personal ways, I was glued to the story from beginning to end.
It was so fluid, so perfect for this kind of book - used pauses and inflections well, I never felt I was being lectured at or read a newspaper story.
Average American life on the brink of history
So much history was in this book, though not exactly limited to 1861, but a few years before and a little after. I never realized how much happened in such a short period of time. Loved this and will be listening to it again.
First book about the Great War I have found to be told from a neutral perspective. It inspired me to review the political motivations from the Northern and Southern viewpoints.
This is a great overview of some of the lesser known stories of 1861. It is an eye-opening account of the political and cultural situation of the time. There were many head shaking moments when confronted with the ideas of the 1800s. Yet it highlights some of the current issues that we deal with in this country today.