In his own words, Union General William T. Sherman recounts the end of the Civil War. Both a brilliant military strategist and the controversial creator of the "scorched earth" policy, Sherman brought the Confederacy to its knees. Civil War enthusiasts will love Nelson Runger's performance. Clearly a master with vocal range, Runger makes this memoir an enjoyable listen. He modulates his voice to embody a number of voices and is at ease with the colloquialism of the day. For an insider's look at this seminal war, this audiobook is a must.
(P)1989 by Recorded Books, Inc.
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This book is a definite must-read for anyone with more than a passing interest in the American Civil War. This excerpt covers the battles around Atlanta and Sherman's March to the See; an amazing story in its own right. Sherman, for better or for worse, must be identified as among the world's first 'modern' generals and his narrative is clear, crisp and uncompromising. Unfortunately as an audiobook, this offering is anything but. The sound is muddy with some sections barely understandable. This is one story that deserves to be re-told
First of all, the title appears in the search simply as "The Memoirs of William T. Sherman." It was only after I bought it that I saw it was only one volume covering the Georgia campaign. That should have been made clear in the title as it appeared before I bought it.
The other volumes don't seem to be available on Audible, so I'm stuck with an incomplete set. Grant's memoirs, on the other hand, came all together (although 3 downloads, they were all one purchase).
His real letters
The reading of the letters between Sherman and Grant make this book very real and personal. I felt like I was there on his staff when he was talking about the events of the day. General Hardy was smart to evacuate Savannah, otherwise the city would have ended up like Atlanta. Sherman was a ruthless commander but because of him and men like him, war is hell, but the actions taken are necessary! And the war has not stopped, just in a different place.
The audio quality is not good, but if you are interested in the American Civil War it is still worth listening to, as it offers an outstanding opportunity to peer into the mind of one of the most famous Northern generals. Sherman writes very clearly and logically, and without any evidence of self-doubt or questioning of his role. His words are easy to understand even if his actions sometimes are not. I came away with a grudging respect for Sherman, after hearing his appraisal of opponents and friends, and his reactions to the situations facing him daily as he made critical decisions about the troops under his control. Definitely for the "buff" though, as it is very detailed. Also this is only a portion of his memoir; and the whole thing is worth reading.
The period of the book includes only the siege on Atlanta and the "march to the sea"...one of the first American examples of total war taken to the enemy's people. The book is composed, largely, of correspondence between Sherman and other generals. Although he adds some personal opinions, it's largely about movements of the Army...boring to me. I plodded through the book expecting some good things later. As a career airman, I began to see the beginnings of a separate air force as well as the subsequent strategies of some air pioneers.
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