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Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam | [Stephen W. Sears]

Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate.
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Publisher's Summary

The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Combining brilliant military analysis with narrative history of enormous power, Landscape Turned Red is the definitive work on this climactic and bitter struggle.

©1983 Stephen W. Sears; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The best account of the Battle of Antietam." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No other book so vividly depicts that battle, the campaign that preceded it, and the dramatic political events that followed." (Washington Post Book World)

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    David West Newton, MA, USA 08-16-06
    David West Newton, MA, USA 08-16-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent Book"

    I have read Sears' Gettysburg book and wanted to try another - and was not disappointed. I have read various books as to the battle of Antietam but this is the most comprehensive. Sears has a nice way of providing some background information and detailing events leading up to the battle. Then the details of the ultimate battle make it seem as if you were in the middle of it.
    I recommend this for a wide varitey of audiences.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Duanesburg, NY, United States 08-11-07
    Edward Duanesburg, NY, United States 08-11-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Landscape Turned Red"

    One of the best accounts of the Battle of Antietam that I've ever read. The book is amazingly detailed. It's clear that an incredible amount of research went into the writing of this book, including the most detailed account of the Battle of South Mountain I have yet read. A must read for any true Civil War Buff who is interested in the who,what,when and why of a battle

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Allons, TN, United States 10-20-10
    Ron Allons, TN, United States 10-20-10 Member Since 2010

    American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.

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    "Captivating"

    This superbly written, well narrated book brings clarity to exactly why this battle was the bloodiest in American history. Having an ancestor that died from wounds received during the fighting at the corn field near the 'Dunker Church'; the telling of the tale enabled me to visualize what the battle must have been like for these brave men on both sides. Excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles West Monroe, LA, USA 10-18-08
    Charles West Monroe, LA, USA 10-18-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Best Coverage of America's Bloodiest Day"

    Great book! Sears is knowledgable and fair, but it is really his ability to create an interesting narritive of an event most readers are already largely familiar with that makes "Landscape Turned Red" work so well. In large measure Sears succeeds, because he weaves in interesting quotations from such a wide variety of sources without distracting the story. He quotes Lee and McClellan, but also from unknown officers and men on both sides. Great work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 06-23-13
    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2011

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    "It's been on my shelf for 25 years!"

    I've owned this book for some time having acquired it many, many years ago. Not being a fan of the Army of the Potomac, I was never compelled to read it until now. I was not disappointed! Written in the early 80's, this is a classic. The unit detail and for both the North and the South is excellent and the quotes form the combatants adds to the flavor of this read. "Little Mac" was a horrible commander! and this book outlines why. I look forward to listening again...Maybe this September 17th!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Berkeley Vale, Australia 09-10-12
    David Berkeley Vale, Australia 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Civil War tragedy"
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    I found the book to be compelling, I am quite familiar with the story but this version delves deeper into the flaws of the players and ends up being a study in hubris. other reviews have had a problem with the different accents but I like the way they helped differentiate each character and felt they improved rather than detracted from the experience. A welcome addition to any civil war obsessive's library.

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    Bodacious Wonderment San Diego, CA USA 08-15-12
    Bodacious Wonderment San Diego, CA USA 08-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very fine history."
    Where does Landscape Turned Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Landscape Turned Red?

    Did a very good job of letting you experience the fog of war.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    For the most part, it was fine, but whenever there was a direct quote, narrator felt the need to speak in the speakers voice, using cheesy southern accents for the rebs, or bombastic effects for McClellan, etc. Narrator is a good reader, but a pretty bad actor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's too long!


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony PORT ORCHARD, WA, United States 08-05-12
    Tony PORT ORCHARD, WA, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Very well researched, I learned a ton."
    What did you love best about Landscape Turned Red?

    Well researched and organized. This book takes you through the battle and the men who fought it almost minute by minute. Great Historical detail and the story moves along like a thriller. If you are budding civil war buff, this is a must read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Authors detailed knowledge of the subject matter and many small details that come to light. Indepth examination of the men and the decisions made as the battle unfolded. You feel part of the experience.


    What about Barrett Whitener’s performance did you like?

    Perfect, his voice and cadence add urgency and seriousness to a very serious subject.


    Any additional comments?

    An important and serious subject handled with the importance it deserves. You will finish this book with a clear grasp of the battle and the players.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mtparis 09-07-06
    mtparis 09-07-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Reader issue"

    This is a very good book, if you have a specialized interest in the civil war. However, the reader puts on obnoxious British and Southern accents when quoting respective characters in the story. Fortunately, this is a small part of the text, but distracting. One wonders if someone asks the readers to exaggerate distinction between characters to this end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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