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    • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

    • By: James M. McPherson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 20 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • volume1

    • By chris on 08-26-10

    Regular price: $39.99

    • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

    • By: James M. McPherson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 839
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 837

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a Pleasant Surprise

    • By Kenneth on 02-12-12

    Regular price: $39.99

    • Tried by War

    • By: James M. McPherson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    As we approach the bicentennial of Lincoln'sbirth in 2009, this work provides a genuinely novel, even timely, view of the most written about figure in our history. Tried by War offers a revelatory portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis our nation has ever endured. How Lincoln overcame feckless generals, fickle public opinion, and his own paralyzing fears is a story at once suspenseful and inspiring.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Read

    • By Chris Morin on 03-21-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Crossroads to Freedom

    • Antietam
    • By: James M. McPherson
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    Through historical newspaper accounts and the personal letters of soldiers, the events leading up to the battle and the battle itself are stunningly recreated. You will enter the mind of Robert E. Lee as he makes the fateful decision to cross the Potomac River and take the offensive. You will feel the frustration of Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to convince George McClellan to fight. And you will stand side-by-side with foot soldiers as the peaceful Maryland countryside explodes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Far beyond the scope of the battle

    • By Aaron on 01-26-04

    Regular price: $13.95

    • Embattled Rebel

    • Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief
    • By: James M. McPherson
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations. If that cause had succeeded, it would have torn the United States in two and preserved the institution of slavery. Many Americans in Davis's own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, if not a traitor.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By Jean on 10-18-14

    Regular price: $31.50

    • War on the Waters

    • The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865
    • By: James M. McPherson
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In War on the Waters, James M. McPherson has crafted an enlightening, at times harrowing, and ultimately thrilling account of the war’s naval campaigns and their military leaders. McPherson recounts how the Union navy’s blockade of the Confederate coast, leaky as a sieve in the war’s early months, became increasingly effective as it choked off vital imports and exports.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent starting off point

    • By alex on 09-30-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Hallowed Ground

    • By: James M. McPherson
    • Narrated by: James M. McPherson
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    James M. McPherson, who has led countless tours of Gettysburg over the years, reflects on the meaning of the battle, describes the events of those terrible three days in July 1863, and places the struggle in the greater context of American and world history. Along the way, he intersperses stories of his own encounters with the place over several decades, as well as debunking several popular myths about the battle itself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great account of Gettysburg

    • By Anon. on 09-10-12

    Regular price: $14.60

    • This Mighty Scourge

    • Perspectives on the Civil War
    • By: James M. McPherson
    • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. Now, in this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the most enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Introduction to McPherson

    • By Roy on 05-03-09

    Regular price: $19.56

    • In the Cause of Liberty

    • How the Civil War Redefined American Ideals
    • By: William J. Cooper (editor), John M. McCardell (editor), James M. McPherson, and others
    • Narrated by: Eric Bodrero
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In this remarkable collection, ten premier scholars of nineteenth-century America address the epochal impact of the Civil War by examining the conflict in terms of three Americas - antebellum, wartime, and postbellum nations. Moreover, they recognize the critical role in this transformative era of three groups of Americans - white northerners, white southerners, and African Americans in the North and South.

    Regular price: $19.95