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Publisher's Summary

Returning to the turbulent days of a nation divided, best-selling author and acclaimed historian James Robertson explores 70 fascinating figures who shaped America during Reconstruction and beyond. Relentless politicians, intrepid fighters, cunning innovators - the times called for bold moves, and this resilient generation would not disappoint. From William Tecumseh Sherman, a fierce leader who would revolutionize modern warfare, to Thomas Nast, whose undefeatable weapon was his stirring cartoons, these are the people who weathered the turmoil to see a nation reborn. Following these extraordinary legends from the battle lines to the White House, from budding metropolises to the wooly west, we rediscover the foundation of this great country.

©2015 James Robertson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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An Introduction Only

This book offers you a good introduction into many of the characters of the post Civil War era. The sketches are pretty superficial but can help if you are looking for interesting people for more in depth biographic reading.

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Fun little collection of post-war mini biographies

This 2015 collection by Virginia Tech professor emeritus Robertson is best viewed as a neat little diversion from more ponderous histories/ biographies. Essentially one big "epilogue" -- it offers short (3-5 page) biographies of various Civil War era individuals focusing on their post war lives and accomplishments (or lack thereof).

It runs the gamut from Lincoln's cabinet to generals and partisans on both sides, industrialists, and various hangers on (composers, photographers, spies, poets, etc).

There's a general Southern tilt to the writing but it's not overbearing and some of the assertions are debatable/ incomplete especially in light of recent scholarship (the fairly dismissive view of Grant's presidency being the most prominent), but overall it's a fun, quick little quasi- reference book that casts a wide net, even if it doesn't delve too deeply into any single subject.

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fantastic book

awesome, the best ending to spur the spirit for the meaning of the term country and citizen

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Excellent Narratives and Persoectives

The author did a great job in the narratives about a wide variety of individuals, highlighting their lives before and after the struggle. Many perspectives were very well written, on topics that most so called historians distort with their own twisted and glorifying opinions. A great read for those who want to hear the truth about many topics that you won’t read in other writings, even on the same subject.

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Fabulous!

Great stories about the interesting personal lives of those involved in the Civil War. So interesting.

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Just a southern lost cause book

If i could give this book less than one star I would. The author lets all his biases out in the first chapter. I stop after just a few chapters. The southern cause and all its characters are heep with praise, but the northern officers are characterized as murdering scum. Don't bothrr wasting your time.

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very good listen for me, stories weren't too long and they were interesting also to me

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Rubbish

This title should be free. Just another gloss over and hero worship of the immoral, treasonous confederacy.

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Misinformation

I was enjoying the book until he got to Lee. Lee was a slave owner and manager over a hundred more. He also was known to be brutal when slaves tried to escape. He was not a hero. He picked up arms against the Union. This part of the book now makes me question the rest of the “facts”.