I didn't read the print version, but with a basic knowledge of the political and military aspects of the American Civil War, this book answered a number of questions about when and why the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. It answers why the Confederate commissioners didn't make more progress in gaining recognition, particularly in the earlier stages of the war. It was interesting how everyone involved misunderstood the situation, and how that eventually contributed to the outcome. This book set a context for the American Civil War within the larger international stage.
Mr Barry did a fine job reading the text. The drawback in performance is that Howard Jones writes in lengthy extended thoughts which makes performance all the more difficult. Each time I would restart listening to the book it would take at least several minutes to pick up the author's flow of interrelated ideas, and context.
I found it quite interesting, and a book I shall listen to again to pick up additional understanding. It is well worth reading more than once.
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