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The Memoirs of William T. Sherman: Atlanta and the March to the Sea | [William T. Sherman]

The Memoirs of William T. Sherman: Atlanta and the March to the Sea

"If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity-seeking. If they want peace, they and their relatives must stop the war." These are the words of General William T. Sherman, with whom "scorched earth policy" will forever be linked. In his memoirs, the Union general describes the waning days of the American Civil War and his famous march through Georgia, culminating in the capture and burning of Atlanta. With frank, forceful words, the listener is brought to the front lines as Sherman wipes out 20,000 Confederate soldiers and sacks Atlanta - and in the process boosts Abraham Lincoln's re-election campaign.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

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"If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity-seeking. If they want peace, they and their relatives must stop the war." These are the words of General William T. Sherman, with whom "scorched earth policy" will forever be linked. In his memoirs, the Union general describes the waning days of the American Civil War and his famous march through Georgia, culminating in the capture and burning of Atlanta. With frank, forceful words, the listener is brought to the front lines as Sherman wipes out 20,000 Confederate soldiers and sacks Atlanta - and in the process boosts Abraham Lincoln's re-election campaign.

(P)1989 by Recorded Books, Inc.

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    Vincent Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 09-11-06
    Vincent Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 09-11-06 Member Since 2005

    A science fiction fan for as long as I can remember but I also enjoy history (fact and fiction) and humor.

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    "War Is Hell! A story that deserves re-telling"

    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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Boots Vidal Junction, CA 12-16-12
    Boots Vidal Junction, CA 12-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I was there! as aide deCamp"
    If you could sum up The Memoirs of William T. Sherman in three words, what would they be?

    His real letters


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Grey McCawley Sydney Australia 06-06-06
    Leslie Grey McCawley Sydney Australia 06-06-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Sherman wrote clearly even if he acted badly"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 07-07-13
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Total WAR"

    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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