An intimate biography of Nathan Bedford Forrest, arguably the most interesting figure to emerge from the Civil War - widely admired as a military genius.
At 14 he became the head of his impoverished family, responsible for feeding 11 on the rough American frontier. By 39 he had established himself as a successful plantation owner worth over $1 million. And at 40 years old, Nathan Bedford Forrest enlisted in a Tennessee cavalry regiment - and became a controversial Civil War legend.
The legacy of General Nathan Bedford Forrest is deeply divisive. Best known for being accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow and for his role as first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - an organization he later denounced - Forrest has often been studied as a military figure, but never before studied as a fascinating individual who wrestled with the complex issues of his violent times. Bust Hell Wide Open is a comprehensive portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest as a man: his achievements, failings, reflections, and regrets.
Criminal Defense Attorney and Combat Deployed Green Beret/AB Ranger (Iraq/Afghanistan/Other Places). Santa Fe, New Mexico
Of a man most incredibly and unjustly maligned by history. A titan of American history who embodies all the characteristics of western civilization mythological heroes: Courage, tenacity, fortitude, honor compassion, mercy and, Yes, racial enlightenment. Effusive praise? Indeed! And if the courage of General Forest could be exceeded, then the author has done so by bravely ignoring the petty, malevolent Shibboleths of political correctness - presenting the listener with a well researched and exacting work that destroys the hysteria of those who only wish to embrace both fake news and fake history. Highly recommended.
Mr. Miller's performance is awesome making this an easy listen.
The story of Nathan Bedford Forrest is quite fascinating. While there is very little time spent on the topic that drew me to buy this book in the first place, I came to learn of a Forrest I didn't expect.
If you come to this book expecting a racist war criminal, you will leave amazed at the complexities that made up General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Mitcham succeeded in painting a very human portrait of a man, not just a historical caricature.
My only distraction, being an editor myself, was there appears to be a few incidents of sloppy editing. It seems a paragraph or 2 were edited, but pieces of the original left behind, with a thought or phrase being repeated only a paragraph or 2 later.
Yes if I forgot it
This book draws you in quickly, it's one of the best narrated audiobooks I've listened to, the reader is outstanding. The author is outstanding, he really knows how to draw you in and keep you listening. I can't get enough of it.
A "Code Hero" that out performed professionally trained officers. A larger than life character greater than a novelist could script who ultimately became a redeemed man.
There is only one Nathan Bedford Forrest
Forrest embodied philosophies and practices as a warrior that wouldn't clearly be understood and discussed until the great Col John Boyd's work in his "Patterns of Conflict" and "OODA loop" concepts over a century later.
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