The Civil War: A Narrative

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,846 ratings

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville Publisher's Summary

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac.

The word narrative is the key to this extraordinary book's incandescence and its truth. The story is told entirely from the point of view of the people involved in it. One learns not only what was happening on all fronts but also how the author discovered it during his years of exhaustive research. This first volume in Shelby Foote's comprehensive history is a must-listen for anyone interested in one of the bloodiest wars in America's history.

©1986 Shelby Foote (P)2011 Blackstone Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • By: Shelby Foote, Ken Burns - introduction
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 43 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,099

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Storytelling brilliance

    • By Tad Davis on 07-17-08

    Regular price: $48.95

  • Book 2

    • The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2

    • Fredericksburg to Meridian
    • By: Shelby Foote
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 52 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 395
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 355
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 353

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2 continues one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. Focusing on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume in Shelby Foote's masterful narrative history brings to life some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. The word narrative is the key to this book's extraordinary incandescence and truth: The story is told entirely from the point of view of the people involved.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent in breadth and depth.

    • By W.F. Clancy on 09-16-17

    Regular price: $52.47

  • Book 3

    • The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 3

    • Red River to Appomattox
    • By: Shelby Foote
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 58 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 304

    In The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 3, Shelby Foote follows the events of the war from 1862 through 1864, discussing the strategies of both the North and the South and assessing the performance of the Union generals. The book opens with the beginning of the two final, major confrontations of the war: Grant against Lee in Virginia and Sherman pressing Johnston in North Georgia. In vivid narrative as seen from both sides, he tells of the climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, that finally decided the fate of this nation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Most unbiased and straightforward history of the Civil War I have read to date

    • By L. E. Rust on 10-15-17

    Regular price: $52.47