Eric Conger gives a dignified performance of award-winning American Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau’s nonfiction book Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea. This audiobook features Trudeau’s account of General William Tecumseh Sherman's scorched-earth campaign from Atlanta to Savannah. The general ordered 60,000 Union troops to burn crops and kill livestock along the way in order to cripple the opposing forces. The narrative features the diaries and letters of soldiers and civilians, which illuminate the event that altered the course of American history.
With Lincoln's hard-fought reelection victory in hand, Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union forces, allowed Sherman to lead the largest and riskiest operation of the war. In rich detail, Trudeau explains why General Sherman's name is still anathema below the Mason-Dixon Line, especially in Georgia, where he is remembered as "the one who marched to the sea with death and devastation in his wake".
Sherman's swath of destruction spanned more than 60 miles in width and virtually cut the South in two, badly disabling the flow of supplies to the Confederate army. He led more than 60,000 Union troops to blaze a path from Atlanta to Savannah, ordering his men to burn crops, kill livestock, and decimate everything that fed the Rebel war machine.
Grant and Sherman's gamble worked, and the march managed to crush a critical part of the Confederacy and increase the pressure on General Lee, who was already under siege in Virginia.
Told through the intimate and engrossing diaries and letters of Sherman's soldiers and the civilians who suffered in their path, Southern Storm paints a vivid picture of an event that would forever change the course of America.
©2008 Noah Andre Trudeau; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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The book is detailed yet is easy to follow both in how it is written as well narrated. This is the abridged version. If they ever put it an unabridged version I would most definitely read it.
What I liked best about the book is that it did not strike me as overly biased in a particular direction. The author did not come try to tear down or hold up Sherman as some paragon. Rather he was portrayed as a man who was willing to do what he felt was necessary but at the same time kept the rules of civility ever on his mind.
To my knowledge I have not heard Eric Conger narrate before. It was
Not particularly. I am familiar with history of Sherman's March. While there was plenty of new things I learned, there was nothing I would consider 'moving' in a dramatic sense.
I did not like the double narration. The woman reading the diaries of the southern civilians felt odd to me. While there was consistent journal entries I felt they could have easily been handled by Mr. Conger.
I've always been fascinated with Sherman's Army and their march to the sea. An excellent book, this book will not disappoint! It was a tolerable length and able to keep me interested even after reading countless memoirs and first hand accounts of the march prior to this. I'll probably listen to it again in the near future and will look forward to doing so. Enjoy!
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