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Bust Hell Wide Open

The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)
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An intimate biography of Nathan Bedford Forrest, arguably the most interesting figure to emerge from the Civil War - widely admired as a military genius.

At 14 he became the head of his impoverished family, responsible for feeding 11 on the rough American frontier. By 39 he had established himself as a successful plantation owner worth over $1 million. And at 40 years old, Nathan Bedford Forrest enlisted in a Tennessee cavalry regiment - and became a controversial Civil War legend.

The legacy of General Nathan Bedford Forrest is deeply divisive. Best known for being accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow and for his role as first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - an organization he later denounced - Forrest has often been studied as a military figure, but never before studied as a fascinating individual who wrestled with the complex issues of his violent times. Bust Hell Wide Open is a comprehensive portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest as a man: his achievements, failings, reflections, and regrets.

©2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2016 Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.

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This book draws you in quickly, it's one of the best narrated audiobooks I've listened to, the reader is outstanding. The author is outstanding, he really knows how to draw you in and keep you listening. I can't get enough of it.

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This is a superb and concise biography

Of a man most incredibly and unjustly maligned by history. A titan of American history who embodies all the characteristics of western civilization mythological heroes: Courage, tenacity, fortitude, honor compassion, mercy and, Yes, racial enlightenment. Effusive praise? Indeed! And if the courage of General Forest could be exceeded, then the author has done so by bravely ignoring the petty, malevolent Shibboleths of political correctness - presenting the listener with a well researched and exacting work that destroys the hysteria of those who only wish to embrace both fake news and fake history. Highly recommended.

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Outstanding Life Story

This is an excellent audio book. It provides a good overview of Forest's military career, tempered by background on his personality and beliefs. It also does an excellent job of showing how his views and beliefs mellowed after the war. If you want a true and accurate picture of this simple, yet complicated man, buy this book. He was a far cry from the racist that modern day liberals would have you believe.

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Best Forrest biography

This is the best and most well written biography of Forrest. Unfortunately most people who don’t study history only know and spout the falsehoods about this extraordinary man.

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excellent

Absolutely fantastic narrative - highly recommended for understanding his facinating life and legacy that continues to be trashed in the media and academia.

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A History of the real Cival War in the Southwest

I enjoyed the reality of the story told of the bravery and chivalry of old South

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A fascinating and historically accurate!!!

This book is a fascinating and accurate account of the life of Nathan Bedford Forrest. It is Well researched, well written, and beautifully spoken.
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  • 07-03-18

Unexpected gem

Hey wonderful biography. It is well paced, informative, and tight. It will give you a new perspective on both the south, and it’s reconstruction. Simply a great listen.

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Outstanding!

Very surprised by this book. The writing, the subject and the narration hooked me. Fast-paced, interesting, and revealing. I learned a lot. This book changed my perspective on Nathan Bedford Forest for the better. What a genius! Highly recommended!

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What a life

This man went from poverty to riches to eminent, maybe the best, battlefield commander of the war back to poverty. But it’s the arch of a man not a caricature. It’s easy enough to get a negative view of this man in the current culture. I wanted to hear a different perspective. My conclusion is that he was a man of exceeding military talent who fought hard and accepted the outcome of the war. His story is appealing in a credential obsessed world in which natural ability was undeniable.

The performance did have a couple of glitches in which some lines repeated in about 4 places.

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  • 10-30-17

Wizardry in many saddles

This is a really interesting look at the life of a controversial figure from the US civil war. While he must have been difficult to be around, this review is certainly one you’ll want to keep with you for a long time.

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  • 07-29-17

A fair & authentic portrait of CSA's best general<br />

A well written book. Highly recommended for anyone interested in authentic historic accounts rather than the usual modern day demonization of the South and of the brave men who fought and died in defense of their homeland. Bedford Forrest, the Wizard of the Saddle, was probably the greatest of the generals on either side of the war, and this book is a good introduction into both his military genius and his character.