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.
It is easy to get lost in the detail that the author gives as he looks at how the American Civil War started. This is not a good 'first read' for readers who want to gain a broad understanding of the American Civil War.
If you are a serious Civil War aficionado and have already read widely on this subject then you will probably enjoy this book.
It is about the beginning of the Civil War.
A great magnifying glass on the months before the war.
I generally enjoy books such as these but had to stop listening 1/4 of the way through. It was just dry... informative, but dry.
No. I gave up about half way through, so don't take this review as representing the latter half. As it is, the writing is extremely dry and boring... and fantastically skewed in its interpretations.
Has he written anything else?
Yes, both were dry and boring.
Say something about yourself!
This book does give (lots) of background info to the start of the war....... But the narrator needs a lesson on pronunciation...... Some of the words made me cringe..
I couldn't listen to this book. For some reason I found if to be one of the most boring books I have ever downloaded. I found myself fast forwarding time and time again waiting for something interesting to listen to, finally I just stopped. I have 415 books in my Audible library, and this is only the second book I have not finished.
An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.
The reason it was writtten and its authors ability to give me information that made me think!
Ohio. I had no idea this state produced so many Presidents.