Resourceful and courageous, Jesse soon earns the respect of Sherman's men, especially the compassionate but plain-talking surgeon, Seth Cartwright, and Thomas Ransom, a noble and handsome young infantry officer. Neither man can divert Jesse's mission.
But what is Jesse's purpose, and why has this fascinating youth appeared at this most crucial time in Sherman's life and in the life of the bitterly divided nation? In the end, we are forced to ask: Who is under whose wing?
The Better Angels of Our Nature brilliantly re-creates the drama and brutality of America's Civil War. Set in the momentous 14-month period spanning Shiloh and Vicksburg (a time that turned the tide of war and determined the nation's fate) this harrowing, lyrically written novel is filled with unforgettable characters and wondrous twists that will give listeners pause to reconsider events familiar to us all.
"Gylanders knows the era thoroughly...and writes convincingly about the horrors of the battlefield and the field hospital. In the enigmatic Jesse, she has a character who gives a compelling perspective on the times." (Publishers Weekly)
War is never gentle. I'm not one to use or like to hear coarse language but I listened to the end of the book. I contemplated returning the book but stayed the course and finished. The storyline was wonderful and the narration is excellent, but Cassandra Campbell is a great narrator. I would recommend only to those who don't mind coarse language albeit mild in this book.
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