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G. Freeman

portland, or
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  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • volume1

  • By chris on 08-26-10

a compelling history of the early civil war

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-17

this detailed but gripping history of the lead up to and early years of the civil war flew past. I am immediately going to start volume two!

  • The American Revolution

  • By: Allen C. Guelzo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth it, quirky prof

  • By Uferdinand on 08-02-16

A good military history of the American Revolution

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-15

This book focused on the military, rather than philosophical or political, nature of the revolution. It still touched on some of those aspects, and examined a little bit of the personalities involved.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Swordspoint

  • A Melodrama of Manners
  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Deadly, Sexy Sword Fights and Manners

  • By Jefferson on 01-01-12

This book was clearly NOT FOR ME

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-15

I only made it about a quarter through this book. It was far less about swords and action and far more about rich jerks sitting around worrying about what other rich jerks think of them. It read like Jane Austen meets the Real Housewives. I couldn't stand it. The voice acting was nice, however.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful