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  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1 | James M. McPherson

    Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    Brian says: "Incredible audio book"
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2 | James M. McPherson

    Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    Kenneth says: "What a Pleasant Surprise"
  • The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters | James McPherson

    The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson considers why the Civil War remains so deeply embedded in our national psyche and identity. The drama and tragedy of the war help explain why the Civil War remains a topic of interest. But the legacy of the war extends far beyond historical interest or scholarly attention.

    Joshua says: "Excellence in book form"
  • Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief | James M. McPherson

    Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations. If that cause had succeeded, it would have torn the United States in two and preserved the institution of slavery. Many Americans in Davis's own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, if not a traitor.

    Jean says: "Interesting"
  • Tried by War | James M. McPherson

    Tried by War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    As we approach the bicentennial of Lincoln'sbirth in 2009, this work provides a genuinely novel, even timely, view of the most written about figure in our history. Tried by War offers a revelatory portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis our nation has ever endured. How Lincoln overcame feckless generals, fickle public opinion, and his own paralyzing fears is a story at once suspenseful and inspiring.

    W. Goodman says: "Interesting focus, but not differentiated enough"
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life | James McPherson

    Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    In this compelling biography, McPherson follows Abraham Lincoln from his early frontier days to his turbulent years in the White House. This concise yet comprehensive account reveals why Lincoln still remains a quintessential American icon.

    Pat says: "In depth"
  • War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865 | James M. McPherson

    War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In War on the Waters, James M. McPherson has crafted an enlightening, at times harrowing, and ultimately thrilling account of the war’s naval campaigns and their military leaders. McPherson recounts how the Union navy’s blockade of the Confederate coast, leaky as a sieve in the war’s early months, became increasingly effective as it choked off vital imports and exports.

    alex says: "excellent starting off point"
  • Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg | James McPherson

    Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian James McPherson provides a historic tour through Gettysburg, one of our nation's most visited cities, and the site of the bloodiest and perhaps most consequential battle ever fought by Americans. Listeners will be transported by McPherson's meaningful reflection, historical description, and his intimate stories from his own experiences at Gettysburg.

    William says: "Nice for what it is."
  • Hallowed Ground | James M. McPherson

    Hallowed Ground

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By James M. McPherson
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    James M. McPherson, who has led countless tours of Gettysburg over the years, reflects on the meaning of the battle, describes the events of those terrible three days in July 1863, and places the struggle in the greater context of American and world history. Along the way, he intersperses stories of his own encounters with the place over several decades, as well as debunking several popular myths about the battle itself.

    Luke says: "A great account of Gettysburg"
  • This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War | James M. McPherson

    This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
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    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.

    Roy says: "An Introduction to McPherson"
  • Crossroads to Freedom: Antietam | James M. McPherson

    Crossroads to Freedom: Antietam

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Through historical newspaper accounts and the personal letters of soldiers, the events leading up to the battle and the battle itself are stunningly recreated. You will enter the mind of Robert E. Lee as he makes the fateful decision to cross the Potomac River and take the offensive. You will feel the frustration of Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to convince George McClellan to fight. And you will stand side-by-side with foot soldiers as the peaceful Maryland countryside explodes.

    Aaron says: "Far beyond the scope of the battle"
  • In the Cause of Liberty: How the Civil War Redefined American Ideals | William J. Cooper (editor),John M. McCardell (editor),James M. McPherson,Peter S. Onuf,Christa Dierksheide,Sean Wilentz,Richard Carwardine,George C. Rable,Nina Silber

    In the Cause of Liberty: How the Civil War Redefined American Ideals

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William J. Cooper (editor), John M. McCardell (editor), James M. McPherson, and others
    • Narrated By Eric Bodrero
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    In this remarkable collection, ten premier scholars of nineteenth-century America address the epochal impact of the Civil War by examining the conflict in terms of three Americas - antebellum, wartime, and postbellum nations. Moreover, they recognize the critical role in this transformative era of three groups of Americans - white northerners, white southerners, and African Americans in the North and South.

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