At first, William Clarke Quantrill conveniently sided with whomever was the strongest at the time - abolitionists or slavery supporters - but eventually, he settled on backing the Confederacy. With his charismatic personality, he attracted a motley band of idealists and renegades for his guerilla army. Quantrill longed to be an officer, but when the Confederacy refused to commission him, because of his tactics of murdering for pleasure and looting for gain, he simply took the title of colonel and later, captain.
Narrator Richard M. Davidson takes the listener to the battlefields, bringing to life the people, sights, and sounds of the Civil War. The combination of Schultz's masterful descriptions and Davidson's sense of timing makes Quantrill's history as exciting as today's headlines.
©1996 Duane Schultz; (P)1997 Recorded Books
"Schultz retells Quantrill's life with dramatic flourish - his re-creation of the Lawrence, Kansas, massacre and of the pursuit of Quantrill by scattered Union forces is particularly exciting. Readers interested in the dark side of the Civil War will find much to ponder." (Publishers Weekly)
Mr Schultz's examination of the Confederate guerrilla, Quantrill was enlightening if not overly entertaining.
War (in particular, civil war) is a bloody and brutal thing. From the outset, Mr Schultz skewered Quantrill on essentially being nothing but an opportunist and bandit. He takes every effort to make this point throughout the book. Ironically, the brutality and atrocities committed by Quantrill (scalping, robbery, murder, etc.) were matched (if not learned from) stroke for stroke in the book by Union troops and sympathizers.
The story was reasonable. The narration was good. Overall, a worthwhile story for those with an interest in the subject.
Northern Civil War "buffs" and re-enactors that want to role-play a Northern POV concerning this subject for public amusement.
Book is written as a novel, no sources quoted at all. A Yankee point-of-view all the way.
Example, if one were to ask Nazis what the truth is about Jews, you would get the same kind of response.
Completely one-sided. I would believe it more if sources for whats presented were there..
Example, "At first, William Clarke Quantrill conveniently sided with whomever was the strongest at the time - abolitionists or slavery.." IF true, it would have been better if the author said something like, "At first, William Clarke Quantrill conveniently sided with whomever was the strongest at the time - abolitionists or slavery, or so (name of Raider) would later tell interested folks." or something like that.
Even has him torturing animals as a child WITH NO SOURCES MENTIONED as having witnessed this.
I got less a feeling of hearing History than I did opinion, roomer and a Novel.
He did a great job conveying the author's intent. Was read as though he was disgusted in the subject. Really funny too. I got the vision of a girly-boy who was gossiping about roomers he'd heard on someone. The narrator was playing his part well!
Eye-opening in that it shows how the North still thinks about the Civil War and Confederate figures. I am sure the actions described really happened but this PRETENDS to jump inside his head..
Got the book here with one of my credits, glad I didn't pay for it on top of membership.
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