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This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War | [James M. McPherson]

This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. Now, in this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the most enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history.
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Publisher's Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. Now, in this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the most enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history.

Listeners will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy.

Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.

©2007 James M. McPherson; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It will seduce anyone, Civil War neophyte or fanatic, for its authority and judgments....There is not a bad chapter in this book. This Mighty Scourge is a marvelous read from a master historian. Like all good history, what it makes you want to do is know more." (Boston Globe)

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    Connie Omaha, NE, United States 10-20-09
    Connie Omaha, NE, United States 10-20-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Mighty Value!"

    Excellent historical honest perspective of the Civil War. I plan to listen to this multiple time to retain the historical value.

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    Lyndsey 09-29-08
    Lyndsey 09-29-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Good material, bad narration"

    The book is an interesting narrative on the civil war, covering the war from a variety of perspectives. The narration, however, is mind-numbing. The monotone narrator made me wish the book would just end.

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