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Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War | [Harold Holzer]

Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War

In July 1883, just a few days after the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at the Century magazine engaged in a lively argument: Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest battle of them all? One claimed it was Chickamauga, another Cold Harbor. The argument inspired a brainstorm: Why not let the magazine’s 125,000 readers in on the conversation by offering “a series of papers on some of the great battles of the war, to be written by officers in command on both sides.”
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In July 1883, just a few days after the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at the Century magazine engaged in a lively argument: Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest battle of them all? One claimed it was Chickamauga, another Cold Harbor. The argument inspired a brainstorm: Why not let the magazine’s 125,000 readers in on the conversation by offering “a series of papers on some of the great battles of the war, to be written by officers in command on both sides.”

The articles would be written by generals, Union and Confederate alike, who had commanded the engagements two decades earlier—“or, if he were not living,” by “the person most entitled to speak for him or in his place.” The pieces would present both sides of each major battle and would be fair and free of politics. Now, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the most enduring entries from the classic four-volume series Battles and Leaders of the Civil War have been edited and merged into one definitive volume. Here are the best of the immortal first-person accounts of the Civil War originally published in the pages of the Century magazine more than a hundred years ago.

Hearts Touched by Fire offers stunning accounts of the war’s great battles written by the men who planned, fought, and witnessed them, from leaders such as General Ulysses S. Grant, General George McClellan, and Confederate captain Clement Sulivane to men of lesser rank. This collection also features new year-by-year introductions by esteemed historians, including James M. McPherson, Craig L. Symonds, and James I. Robertson, Jr., who cast wise modern eyes on the cataclysm that changed America and that would go down as the bloodiest conflict in our nation’s history.

No one interested in our country’s past will want to be without this collection of the most popular and influential first-person Civil War memoirs ever published.

©2011 Harold Holzer; Compilation 2011 by Random House, Inc.; 1861 part introduction 2011 by Craig L. Symonds; 1862 part introduction 2011 by Stephen Sears; 1863 part introduction 2011 by James M. McPherson; 1864 part introduction 2011 by Joan Waugh; 1865 part introduction 2011 by James I. Robertson (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“There are few more essential books for Civil War buffs and professional historians alike. A welcome, valuable addition to the vast library devoted to the conflict." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

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    Colvin Louisville, KY, United States 02-04-12
    Colvin Louisville, KY, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from Harold Holzer and/or the narrators?

    Being a compilation, this book is an uneven compilation at best. Some of the stories are excellent, well written first hand accounts of the major battles of the civil war while others are very tedious and dry stories that read like trooop reports and after action reviews.


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    jeffrey Cherry Hill, NJ, United States 06-03-13
    jeffrey Cherry Hill, NJ, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2012

    I love history and I really love a good story based in historical events.

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    The anthology nature of the work screams for better navigation and descriptions. I don't necessarily want to listen to it in order since the chapters can stand on their own. I would like to be able to jump around and listen to the chapters that interest me and skip the ones that don't.

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    Sarah Sidell Mesa, AZ 03-18-13
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    If you could sum up Hearts Touched by Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, riveting, interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have been following Robert E. Lee's history a little more. Although he/or his writings are not in this book, it was interesting to hear other people's versions of him and his actions.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Most of the readers voices are very enjoyable although there is one of them I don't enjoy as much. I am not familiar with his name either.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are several places in the book that are touching, but for the most part it is basic history covered.


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