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The American Civil War

Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.
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Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood - and the United States was truly born.

If you've ever wanted to understand the Civil War, this series of 48 startlingly evocative lectures by a leading Civil War historian can serve as both an ideal single course or a solid starting point for further exploration - a richly detailed examination of how this great conflict affected every person in America. For you'll gain not only a deep knowledge of what happened, but new insights into why.

You'll learn how both sides' armies were recruited, equipped, and trained, and about the hard lot of those they took prisoner. You'll hear how soldiers on each of those sides dealt with the rigors of camp life, campaigns, and the terror of combat. And you'll understand how slaves and their falling masters responded to the advancing war, as well as the desperate price paid by the families so many left behind.

Though this series of lectures goes far beyond a simple examination of battles and generals, it also offers detailed analyses of the strategic and tactical dimensions of the Civil War's most important campaigns. At the same time, it never forgets that the conflict involved far more than pins on a map - and indeed claimed a greater cost in human lives than all other American wars combined.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-19-13
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Welcome to Audible, Great Courses!"

    I have been a fan of the Great Courses for a long time. The two biggest drawbacks were price and difficulty of download. So, hooray for Audible for bringing us this collection!

    "The American Civil War" is a terrific overview. I have recently moved to "Civil War country" near Antietam and am especially glad to refresh my memory of lessons past and add new knowledge about this subject.

    Professor Gallagher gives us military information, of course, but there's also much about the political, social (regional, racial, etc) and other ramifications of the conflict. I especially enjoyed lectures about what was going on at the homefront on both sides during the war - and the attention to the experiences of women and African Americans (slave and free). It's not difficult to understand, hearing this recording, why we still live with so much "baggage" from the Civil War. Also, how fortunate we have been since to experience no warfronts on our homeland.

    I learned a great deal from this course and highly recommend it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Tucson, AZ, United States 07-08-13
    Robin Tucson, AZ, United States 07-08-13

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    "Superb, Balanced History"

    Professor Gallagher's course on The American Civil War is the best, most insightful introduction to the subject in any medium. Any listener, from a beginner to an expert, will gain from his profound, unbiased presentation of the most important event in our history.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher SPRING HILL, FL, United States 07-09-13
    Christopher SPRING HILL, FL, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Series"

    I purchased this series years ago from The Teaching Company, thus the reason I can write a review on the day it's released on Audible. It's great to have this on Audible, and is a tremendous value.

    Professor Gallagher is a world class instructor and this series works very well in the audio format. Since this is a series of 30-min lectures it's very easy to follow and if you want a refresher it's easy to go back and find whatever you're looking for.

    I've read probably a hundred Civil War books at this point, and this lecture was the first in-depth I listened to that got me started and interested in the subject. It's a great book for all levels, but certainly the less you know the more you're learn -- this is a great introduction and even if you already know most everything this is an excellent way to refresh your knowledge.

    Highly recommended, 5 stars.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Trinity, AL, United States 10-22-13
    David Trinity, AL, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Very good lecture....with some "opinion""
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    I enjoyed listening to this lecture series. The breaks between the various lectures was a little annoying, but it did offer a means of finding a good "stopping point".
    I found two faults with this lecture though. First was his "opinion" thrown in at various points. He was very clear at those times however and stated it was his opinion. I am no professor, but I will just say, I disagreed with one or two of his "opinions".
    I did find one other fault, but it was more to do with the recording than with the lecture. When I down loaded my Audible book, it came with 4 parts. Part 1 and 2 followed chronological order just fine. but something happened between Part 2 and 3. Part two ended with Joseph Hooker loosing at Chancellorsville and Part 3 begins with Grant heading for Chattanooga. There is a WEALTH of history between those two points in time. I was really looking forward to hearing his thoughts on Grants campaign to Vicksburg and Johnsons conduct across South Alabama and South Mississippi. Since no one else has has reported or commented on this problem, perhaps it was just my download. :-(
    Overall the lecture is very good and very well laid out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas ATLANTA, GA, United States 03-16-14
    Thomas ATLANTA, GA, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Thorough and balanced treatment"
    What did you love best about The American Civil War?

    I was a history major in college but devoted most of my studies to 20th Century history. I always wanted to learn more about the Civil War and this course was perfect. A fantastic presentation and great selection of topics covering a wide variety of social, military, and political issues. Dr. Gallagher is an engaging lecturer and does an excellent job of cutting through many of the post-war myths and misconceptions and focusing on contemporary accounts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The variety of topics and depth of treatment.


    What does Professor Gary W. Gallagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Engaging lecturer with a clear enthusiasm for the subject matter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The continued references to and quotation from contemporary, primary source material added great "human interest" to an already fascinating topic.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding in every respect.

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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 02-28-14
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible."
    Where does The American Civil War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the very top.


    What other book might you compare The American Civil War to and why?

    If you've read 1776 by David McCullough, it reads much like that but greatly expanded and covering the great depth of the civil war throughout each year of it. From the political, social, military, foreign perspective Professor Gallagher shines a bright light over one of the darkest periods of American history. I've always had an affinity for American history, the revolution in particular. This gave great depth and insight into the time and tensions of the nation. Very rich in battle history, and parsed with quotes and letters throughout. Its an extremely captivating listen.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Gary W. Gallagher – was your favorite?

    I dont know so much if he performed any character per say, but he definitely gives deep insight and character to each historical figure. And will quote from letters or diaries at length to give context and meaning to actions by individuals.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    All you needed to know and more.


    Any additional comments?

    A really great use of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Kansas City, Missouri, United States 10-10-13
    William Kansas City, Missouri, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A little dated, but good material, worth a listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The American Civil War the most enjoyable?

    It wasn't the canned applause and horn music at the beginning and end of each lecture. The professor does a good job on a huge topic, opening avenues for further investigation depending on your interest, e.g. a given battle, region, or topic such as politics or race.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The American Civil War?

    Gallagher's consistent debunking of the "lost cause" school of thought


    Which character – as performed by Professor Gary W. Gallagher – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a little dated. Gallagher refers to Gone with the Wind more than a dozen times, I think.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Spectacularly great history."
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    I bought this because it looked excellent value and my intention was to get through it in about 12 weeks. I've had it a week now and I'm up to lecture 40 of 48 ! It has surpassed all of my expectations. It's compulsively interesting, told with great verve and authority, yet never solemn nor condescending. Every aspect of the war is covered, it's not in any way a succession of battles and skirmishes, although nothing is left out. There is fascinating discussion of politics, slavery, women's roles, social attitudes, economics, technology, you name it and you'll probably find it. Lincoln plays a massive role and it's interesting to get the low down on Grant and Lee. The pace is fast moving but not so fast you don't have time to picture and imagine it, just right in fact. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is interested in real history.

    P.S. people complaining about the 'pompous' music at the start of each lecture ought to chill out, the one on here is Brandenburg concerto 2 by JS Bach. Get the album, it's sublime.

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