Undoubtedly Bruce Catton's most brilliant book, A Stillness at Appomattox won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction. Catton, our foremost Civil War historian, recounts the most spectacular conflicts between Grant and Lee and details the end of hope for the Confederacy. Utilizing various collections of unpublished letters written by soldiers, personal diaries of spouses and relatives, memoirs of soldiers and their families, and official war records, Catton follows Grant's campaigns from early 1864 to the end of the war, detailing many crucial battles along the way.
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This is a classic, the story of Grant's command of the Union Army from the battle of the Wilderness to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Catton's command of the language combined with his knowledge of history combine for a very enjoyable book, wonderfully narrated by Michael Kramer the book takes on even greater dimensions. If you enjoy history you will enjoy this book.
Great book, lots of interesting detail of the war after the Battle of Gettysburg. I like that it incorporated excerpts from letters written home by soldiers to help tell the story.
The narrator is dry and at first sounds bored, or maybe like someone is forcing him to read this book against his will. About a third of the way into the book I got used to it...but I almost stopped listening before that. Fortunately the story kept me interested, and I'm glad I finished it.
High school history and psychology teacher and coach
A Stillness at Appomattox is a really nice history of the last part of the ACW, as told from a more "boots-on-the-ground" perspective than a political one. But it's the third in a series of three; where are Mr. Lincoln's Army and Glory Road?
I will probably look into the Centennial History trilogy - which is available in its entirety - instead and hope it's similar. For "macro" history, McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom (available in two volumes totaling some forty hours) seems to be the gold standard and I can't imagine needing another audiobook like it.
Narroration was excellent, bad Narroration can ruin an otherwise good book. The story is superb. And all together was very interesting
If you are hoping to learn something of the way Appomattox came about, you would do better with Foote. This is a good book for ladies who care nothing of the military.
Never before, in my experience, has a narrative so fully captured the experience of the war between the states. This is a book to lend to your children.
The narration is fabulous. The research that has gone into this book is impressive. It has left me with a profound respect for men who gave their all for the freedoms I enjoy.
Truly a masterpiece. I have read or listened to a dozen civil war books and this may have been the best. It held my interest beyond my expectations.
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