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Publisher's Summary

The newest installment in the New York Times best-selling companion series to the Fox historical docudrama, Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Civil War is a pulse-quickening account of the deadliest war in American history.

From the birth of the Republican Party to the Confederacy's first convention, the Underground Railroad to the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Civil War reveals the amazing and often little-known stories behind the battle lines of America's bloodiest war and debunks the myths that surround its greatest figures, including Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, General Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Stonewall Jackson, John Singleton Mosby, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, John Wilkes Booth, William Tecumseh Sherman, and more.

An epic struggle between the past and future, the Civil War sought to fulfill the promise that "all men are created equal". It freed an enslaved race, decimated a generation of young men, ushered in a new era of brutality in war, and created modern America. Featuring eyewitness accounts that further bring the history to life, The Civil War is the action-packed and ultimate follow-up to the best sellers The Patriots and The Real West.

©2017 Warm Springs Productions, LLC and Life of O'Reilly Productions (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Ok

Not many interesting stories beyond what the average history reader would already know. A good book for a beginner in history but not much beyond that.

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Exceptional

Transforms history into a living breathing reality. This work condenses into manageable format a complex and sometimes misunderstood period of time. Explaining that there were honorable individuals on both sides of the conflict, as well as villains and cowards.

The detail of how the war was ultimately transformed in to a fight to free slaves, from the initial goal of saving the Union is paramount.

The chapters that center on Stonewall Jackson, William T. Sherman, U.S. Grant and Uncle Bobby Lee are immensely satisfying.

The takeaway is that war is hell, should be avoided and that the initial patriotic romanticism will eventually give way a a rotting corpse of reality, cannot be missed.

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History comes alive

Many things I thought I knew about the Civil War were corrected and in a few cases confirmed in this outstanding work of literature.

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my first audible

loved it. very easy to follow along and was very accuracte to what i learned in college history classes.

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Enjoyed the refresher and learned new facts

It was shorter than I expected but very good. Narrator did a good job. Recommended if you like American history.

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i felt if I was there

I could feel the the fear I could feel the courage and more then anything I could feel the sorrow

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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enjoyable read and even-handed.

it was an enjoyable read. It was in fact difficult to put down at sometimes. often civil war books have a slant politically but this one seemed even handed.

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More than I expected

Great revelations of a violent time in our history. Forget what you perceive! You are wrong. Time to destroy the myths and find out how the STORIES you pass along are NOT history.

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Wow!

The things I never knew about the Civil War. So much research and first person information. Just Wow!

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Add this to my Favorite Civil War books

Bill O'Reilly's books are always good and this one ranks up there with the best of them.