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Ten episodes from David Reynolds' award-winning radio series, which trace the history of the American Civil War. This narrative tells the story of the American Civil War through the voices of those who lived it. Written and presented by acclaimed historian David Reynolds, these extracts come from the series 'America: Empire of Liberty', which won the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award for the Best New Radio Programme and was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award.

The 10 episodes included are:

  • The Ninety-Day War
  • The Killers Take Command
  • Forever Free
  • A New Nation
  • War Behind the Battle Lines
  • The Passing of the Dead
  • Dead States, New Birth
  • Reunion but not Reconstruction
  • New South, Old Ways
  • War and Memory

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 David Reynolds

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  • 05-24-16

A bitter story in USA history very well told

The story sets out to tell the history of the civil war in the context of today and the people it affected. Like many wars it starts with great hope and a cause but events turn out differently in hindsight. If you know little of the civil war this will inform you of the history and consequences of that conflict.

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  • 05-09-15

useful swift introduction to this topic

If you could sum up The American Civil War in three words, what would they be?

concise, pertinent, useful

What was one of the most memorable moments of The American Civil War?

I can see why some American friends have the allegiances they do

What does David Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

voice accent, the voice of the young