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This beautifully written trilogy of books on the American Civil War is not only a piece of first-rate history, but also a marvelous work of literature. Shelby Foote brings a skilled novelist's narrative power to this great epic. Many know Foote for his prominent role as a commentator on Ken Burns's PBS series about the Civil War. These three books, however, are his legacy. His southern sympathies are apparent: the first volume opens by introducing Confederate President Jefferson Davis, rather than Abraham Lincoln. But they hardly get in the way of the great story Foote tells. This hefty three volume set should be on the bookshelf of any Civil War buff. --John Miller
“Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters.”—Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News
“A stunning book full of color, life, character and a new atmosphere of the Civil War, and at the same time a narrative of unflagging power. Eloquent proof that an historian should be a writer above all else.”—Burke Davis
“This is historical writing at its best. . . . It can hardly be surpassed.”—Library Journal
“Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War, as thousands of Americans apparently do, will go through this volume with pleasure. . . . Years from now, Foote’s monumental narrative most likely will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind.”—New York Herald Tribune Book Review
“To read this great narrative is to love the nation—to love it through the living knowledge of its mortal division. Whitman, who ultimately knew and loved the bravery and frailty of the soldiers, observed that the real Civil War would never be written and perhaps should not be. For me, Shelby Foote has written it. . . . This work was done to last forever.”—James M. Cox, Southern Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
As a millennial Yankee, the midcentury Memphis where Shelby Foote wrote his trilogy seems almost as distant and foreign to me as the Civil War likely seemed to him. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jack Carver
Great box set. Shelby Foote is easily the most detailed historical author I have ever read. So much detail in these books that it's no wonder that it's roughly 3000 pages. Read morePublished 6 days ago by TechGeek
A treasure.......you can watch segments of this over and over.......and learn somethins new each time. Ken Burns is a visionery!Published 18 days ago by grannie annie
'His southern (brutally exploitive, cruel, slaveholding society) sympathies never get in the way', the blurb here says. Wrong. Like Catton, you can't miss them. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Hatuxka
A masterpiece. This is still the best writing on the American civil war. If you have any interest in this subject at all you must read it.Published 1 month ago by craig