For three long years, the American Civil War has raged across the nation, scorching the land, leaving thousands dead, and tearing families apart. The endless fighting has hardened the hearts of soldiers of both sides.
But on a lonely field in mid-Tennessee, some of those soldiers will come face to face with one another in a series of ball games. Stalled in a stalemate, the soldiers start out with small bets on who is better at the game; but as the wagers increase, so do the risks.
In order to play, they will have to accomplish what their governments were incapable of doing to avoid the war, compromise. Each man will bring his own ideas and rules to the sport, and together they formulate their own form of the American game. But they have to be cautious, for soon the war will catch up with them, and they will be forced into conflict once again.
I throughly enjoyed The American Game. It is a great story of two warring regiments of the Civil War and how they found a little peace on the baseball diamond. The author gives an insightful look into the past of how life was for both Yankee and Rebel soldiers.
The reading by Steve White was also excellent! He really got you transfixed in the story with the different voices of characters and emotions that played out during the novel. I will definitely check out some of his other works.
Overall, a wonderful book that I think could be enjoyed by everyone!