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Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography | [Jack Hurst]

Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography

In this detailed and fascinating account of the legend of the "Wizard of the Saddle," we see a man whose strengths and flaws were both of towering proportions, a man possessed of physical valor perhaps unprecedented among his countrymen. And, ironically, Forrest - the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - was a man whose social attitudes may well have changed farther in the direction of racial enlightenment over the span of his lifetime than those of most American historical figures.
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Publisher's Summary

He was a fierce and controversial Civil War officer, an unschooled but brilliant cavalryman, an epic figure in America's most celebrated war. A superb tactician and ferocious fighter, Nathan Bedford Forrest revolutionized the way armies fought in the course of rising from private to lieutenant general in the Confederate Army.

In this detailed and fascinating account of the legend of the "Wizard of the Saddle," we see a man whose strengths and flaws were both of towering proportions, a man possessed of physical valor perhaps unprecedented among his countrymen. And, ironically, Forrest - the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - was a man whose social attitudes may well have changed farther in the direction of racial enlightenment over the span of his lifetime than those of most American historical figures.

©1993 Jack Hurst; (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hurst presents a balanced, well-documented study of Nathan Bedford Forrest, whom many consider to be the most brilliant general of the Civil War....[A]n outstanding study of one of the Civil War's more controversial generals. Essential." (Library Journal)
"Hurst's is the best all-around recent life of Forrest...." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The irrefutable military record of an acknowledged tactical genius...the most complete and complex portrait yet of the Civil War Jekyll and Hyde." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Justin Swihart Waynesburg, Ohio United States 07-21-12
    Justin Swihart Waynesburg, Ohio United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Nathan Bedford Forrest in three words, what would they be?

    Nathan Bedford Forrest was fearless, passionate and a leader. Although Bedford has had a controversial life I admire his generalship during the Civil War.


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    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-17-11
    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Fascinating man"

    You don't have to like anything about the slave owning south or support anything Nathan Forrest stood for to like this book. General Forrest was a fascinating man, most particularly in his military service which was my favorite part. As fearless and unkillable as a comic book super hero, a truly remarkable man.

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    Jim 03-31-10
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    "An Excellent book"

    I think that this is one of the most unbiased biographies I have ever listened to. A little tedius in places but very well done overall.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Spring Hill, TN, United States 10-29-10
    Dennis Spring Hill, TN, United States 10-29-10

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    "Best of Many Biographies on NBForrest"

    I have read lots of books on/about Gen. Forrest since junior high school.... at least 2 dozen. They range from retelling myth of a near-perfect warrior to trying to destroy both the man and the myth. Jack Hurst, I believe, to have painted the picture of the real man, warts and all, who had unequaled success on the battlefield, and who in later life spoke loudly and boldly for the black man's rights. It is a remarkable story, all the more so once the real person is portrayed.

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    Michael Lebanon, TN, United States 11-29-11
    Michael Lebanon, TN, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Slanted but good."

    Over all the narrarator is very good. The book is pretty good. You can see that the author tries to be impartial for most of the information on Forrest during the war but he is dishonest in the information he gives about Fort Pillow and camps out on the subject. He rides it in the second half of the book and makes the statement that Forrest was a killer several times. Pretty good but bias.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Wheaton, IL, United States 10-24-11
    Walter Wheaton, IL, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2005

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    "The Rest of the Story"

    This detailed, nuanced biography includes what Paul Harvey would call "the rest of the story":
    Three years before his death, Nathan Bedford Forrest experienced a religious conversion, after which he became an advocate of racial reconciliation.

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    Robert Binghamton, NY, United States 06-03-12
    Robert Binghamton, NY, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Even better if abridged"
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    Forest was a VERY interesting character. The book was well written, but much of the detail could (should) have been pared down to about half of this size. Still, it was a very interesting listen and I enjoyed it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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