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Never Call Retreat: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 3

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The final work in this series begins in December of 1862. Four months before, the Union Army tasted long-awaited victory at the bloody battle of Antietam. Grant continued on towards Vicksburg, Mississippi. The grim battles that lay ahead would be costly: the Vicksburg campaign, Chattanooga, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Atlanta and the March to the Sea, the siege of Petersburg. There would be two and a half more years of war before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, followed by Lincoln’s death just six days later.

©1965 Bruce Catton (P)1990 Recorded Books, LLC

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    W. F. Rucker Stone Mountain, GA United States 01-30-11
    W. F. Rucker Stone Mountain, GA United States 01-30-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Interesting, informative and well written."

    This is the third volume of the Centennial History of the Civil War written in the 1960's. There is nothing old fashioned or out of date about the information or the perspective of the writer. Catton's books remain an excellent survey history of the period. I would say Catton's books are as good as Shelby Foote's only shorter. He includes the political and social history so the book is not just about the battles. Bruce Catton was an excellent writer who painted pictures with words. His writing is not just good history it is good literature. His extensive knowledge of the topic went with his talent for pointing out the relevant facts and showing how they affected the different events covered in the book. The author's little word sketches describing particular events and people are so good they are often quoted in other books on this topic. The narration is just as good as the writing. I will definitely look for more of the narrator's books. Even if you are not a fan of history this is an entertaining and interesting book.

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    Bryan Monument, CO, United States 01-21-12
    Bryan Monument, CO, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Final Phase and What It Means"

    This is the third volume of Bruce Catton's centennial history of the Civil War. Starting in December of 1862 with the Union disaster at Fredricksberg to Lee's surrender at Appomatox Courthouse and Lincoln's assassination 6 days later, Mr. Catton weaves together the threads of all the different theaters of the war.

    Mr. Catton was actually born in 1899 and as he was growing up he talk to people who had actually served in the war. He has a deep understanding of the sacrifices that the war placed on those who served and those who were at home. He combines this with a masterful skill at story telling to produce a wonderful history of the defining moment of 19th century America.

    And his focus is not just on the tremendous battles of the time, but also how President Lincoln had to deal with the politics of winning the war and putting together plans for reconstructing the country once it was apparent that the Union was going to prevail.

    You will be astonished at how quickly this book is finished. I highly recommend it.

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    PearlGirl Washington, D.C. 12-26-10
    PearlGirl Washington, D.C. 12-26-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent Review of Civil War"

    Nelson Runger is my favorite reader, and I have been waiting so long for Audible to get this series. I wonder why they received permission to publish the third volume in the series but I hope soon they will get the other two: The Coming Fury and Terrible Swift Sword.

    The series begins with the final days of Buchanan's administration and events leading up to the war, and the weeks after Lincoln's assassination. No one book can cover every political event and battle but this gives the reader a good sense of the history of that era. Also, listen to Shelby Foote's Civil War and watch the Ken Burns PBS series.

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    J B Tipton Minneapolis, MN USA 06-12-11
    J B Tipton Minneapolis, MN USA 06-12-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Welcome History"

    It is no criticism of Catton???s excellent three volume history to say it is a lesser work than Shelby Foote???s Civil War: A Narrative. Foote???s work is on a much grander scale. It is, moreover, great literature. There are no other American histories that really compare. Think Gibbon. No one reads nonfiction better than Nelson Runger. I look forward to the other two volumes.

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    JSC51 09-02-17
    JSC51 09-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great trilogy"
    If you could sum up Never Call Retreat in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful final chapter of an historical masterpiece


    What other book might you compare Never Call Retreat to and why?

    Shelby Footes trilogy. This was easier to listen to but both were outstanding.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nelson Runger is always fantastic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No because I like to absorb this great historians work. It provided very pleasant drives listening on my commutes.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for anyone wanting to learn the true history of this period. It was very complicated and not simplistic. These were men of their time and cannot be judged by todays standards. The crazy's ripping down and destroying this history either have no idea or just use this for their extreme view that America was founded by bigots and racists and therefore is not legitimate.

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    R. Vlahos Maryland 08-31-17
    R. Vlahos Maryland 08-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Southern Road Trip Read (Listen)"

    Detailed account of the war: on the battle fronts, as well as the political' social and economic struggles facing each side.

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    An Amazon Customer 04-27-17
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    "FANTASTIC"

    This is the third and final volume of Catton's narrative history of the American Civil War, and it is as fantastic as the first two volumes. Catton weaves a rich fabric of military, political and cultural facts and insights, drawing on a wide variety of records, documents, reports and other writings left by the War's participants and contemporaries, to present an insightful and highly engaging picture of the war and the United States and the American people that were so violently transformed by it .

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    Hank 04-06-17
    Hank 04-06-17
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    Excellent series this 3rd of Cotton's series beginning with the Coming Fury. Listening gives a whole new meaning and context of the Civil War.

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    Bruce B. Arizona, USA 02-17-17
    Bruce B. Arizona, USA 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Read this trilogy"

    This is a brilliant and beautifully written exposition of our past. The intelligence and heart of Bruce Catton's laboriously researched history is humbling and inspiring. Nelson Runger's wonderful narration is better than any other I have heard. If you want to understand modern America, the Civil War is an essential part of the puzzle, and you will find no more accessible history of that war than Catton's works.

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    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 02-08-17
    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 02-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Review of the Trilogy"

    It's taken about 2 years to listen to all 3 books. I took a break after each volume and then came back after several months and many intervening audio books. Nelson Runger's performance in all three books has been outstanding, and his voice made it possible to complete the trilogy without further interruption. The books themselves are more uneven. The first volume, which explained the political events that led to the war, was excellent, history at its best. Volume 2 was more uneven, and only covered about a year of the war. The final volume did two things I didn't like. First, it compressed the last 3 years of the war and barely outlined major battles, taking less time on them than on some of the relatively minor, opening skirmishes of the war. Second, when it did spend time detailing military movements and tactics, it almost always focused solely on Virginia, and adopts a sort of fawning fandom for Robert E. Lee. Grant is mentioned only as Lee's latest opponent. Sherman is barely mentioned, except as a "brutal man" whose accomplishments are barely listed. There's a lot of the "noble lost cause" mythology here, but it's subtle, and there does seem to be some concern about the fate of the "Negroes". I'm glad I finally completed the trilogy, but it's too much a product of its times.

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