(P)1989 by Recorded Books, Inc.
A science fiction fan for as long as I can remember but I also enjoy history (fact and fiction) and humor.
This book is a definite must-read for anyone with more than a passing interest in the American Civil War. This excerpt covers the battles around Atlanta and Sherman's March to the See; an amazing story in its own right. Sherman, for better or for worse, must be identified as among the world's first 'modern' generals and his narrative is clear, crisp and uncompromising. Unfortunately as an audiobook, this offering is anything but. The sound is muddy with some sections barely understandable. This is one story that deserves to be re-told
The audio quality is not good, but if you are interested in the American Civil War it is still worth listening to, as it offers an outstanding opportunity to peer into the mind of one of the most famous Northern generals. Sherman writes very clearly and logically, and without any evidence of self-doubt or questioning of his role. His words are easy to understand even if his actions sometimes are not. I came away with a grudging respect for Sherman, after hearing his appraisal of opponents and friends, and his reactions to the situations facing him daily as he made critical decisions about the troops under his control. Definitely for the "buff" though, as it is very detailed. Also this is only a portion of his memoir; and the whole thing is worth reading.
His real letters
The reading of the letters between Sherman and Grant make this book very real and personal. I felt like I was there on his staff when he was talking about the events of the day. General Hardy was smart to evacuate Savannah, otherwise the city would have ended up like Atlanta. Sherman was a ruthless commander but because of him and men like him, war is hell, but the actions taken are necessary! And the war has not stopped, just in a different place.
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