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The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Combining brilliant military analysis with narrative history of enormous power, Landscape Turned Red is the definitive work on this climactic and bitter struggle.
©1983 Stephen W. Sears (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The best account of the Battle of Antietam." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No other book so vividly depicts that battle, the campaign that preceded it, and the dramatic political events that followed." (Washington Post Book World)

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Excellent Book

I have read Sears' Gettysburg book and wanted to try another - and was not disappointed. I have read various books as to the battle of Antietam but this is the most comprehensive. Sears has a nice way of providing some background information and detailing events leading up to the battle. Then the details of the ultimate battle make it seem as if you were in the middle of it.
I recommend this for a wide varitey of audiences.

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Editor?

I have to wonder IF the editor knew anything about the battle or even listened to this recording. The famous Confederate General Harry Heth, one of the main subject personalities of day one of a three battle (properly pronounced HEATH, not as it's spelled. The word edible isn't pronounced eat-able either. It's just annoying is all. It would help if the editor knew a little about the subject matter. How does one go about getting these jobs?

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Best Coverage of America's Bloodiest Day

Great book! Sears is knowledgable and fair, but it is really his ability to create an interesting narritive of an event most readers are already largely familiar with that makes "Landscape Turned Red" work so well. In large measure Sears succeeds, because he weaves in interesting quotations from such a wide variety of sources without distracting the story. He quotes Lee and McClellan, but also from unknown officers and men on both sides. Great work!

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Captivating

This superbly written, well narrated book brings clarity to exactly why this battle was the bloodiest in American history. Having an ancestor that died from wounds received during the fighting at the corn field near the 'Dunker Church'; the telling of the tale enabled me to visualize what the battle must have been like for these brave men on both sides. Excellent!

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Landscape Turned Red

One of the best accounts of the Battle of Antietam that I've ever read. The book is amazingly detailed. It's clear that an incredible amount of research went into the writing of this book, including the most detailed account of the Battle of South Mountain I have yet read. A must read for any true Civil War Buff who is interested in the who,what,when and why of a battle

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It's been on my shelf for 25 years!

I've owned this book for some time having acquired it many, many years ago. Not being a fan of the Army of the Potomac, I was never compelled to read it until now. I was not disappointed! Written in the early 80's, this is a classic. The unit detail and for both the North and the South is excellent and the quotes form the combatants adds to the flavor of this read. "Little Mac" was a horrible commander! and this book outlines why. I look forward to listening again...Maybe this September 17th!

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An in-depth account of the Battle of Antietam

Steven Sears does an outstanding job of telling the many details of the horrible battle. I have been able to find very little surprisingly so on this battle and this is the first thorough account that I have read of it. Steven Sears how's the many different sides of the story from George McClellan, to Robert E Lee, to General Burnside, General Longstreet and the remarkable soldiers that were the ones doing the fighting. The many different stories are confusing and enlightening at the same time much as the battle itself was. He also captures the political background of what was happening leading up to this battle and following it.

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Informative

I listened to this book as preparation for a visit to the battlefield. I think its important to understand the backstory, otherwise you're just looking at an empty field. It sure was peaceful when I was there. Driving down the Sunken Road, and viewing Burnside's bridge, I thought of the thousands who lost their lives.

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Well read.

Enjoyed this book on Antietam. Lots of interesting material from written records. Good discussion of two happenings that have been disputed.

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Not for the Civil War novice

A lot of great details but a bit confusing sans any pictures of flank attacks, retreats, defensive strategies, etc. Reading was fine but again, a bit much with the different dialects and accents provided by the reader, Barrett Whitener. Would assume having some maps for reference would aid a great deal.

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  • 02-12-20

Masterly account

Sears weaves a compelling narrative from the complex and potentially confusing events of the day and his words are beautifully read by the narrator. Having just read the same author’s equally absorbing account of Gettysburg I hope that the publishers will consider an audio version of that too.