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Civil War Volumes 1-3 Box Set Paperback – Box set, November 12, 1986
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“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.
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In Foote's talented hands, the characters of the conflict, North and South, come alive. He doesn't ignore the war out west, and treats battles such as Vicksburg, Shiloh, New Orleans and countless others with precision and attention.
He has somewhat of a Southerner's slant, but he is not so opinionated as to ignore gallantry by the North, and he rightfully rips Confederates when it is called for. Lincoln comes off much more sympathetically then Jeff Davis in my opinion, and he recounts various blunders by Confederate generals including Ewell's failure to act at Gettysburg, the disappearance of JEB Stuart when Lee needed him most, Joe Johnston's hesitancy and Hood's uncontrolled aggression in Georgia, etc.
Some reviewers here at Amazon criticized his lack of footnotes and a few missed details (ie who got in the last word in a series of letters between Grant and Lee, etc.) Come on, anyone reviewing the bibliography knows that Foote has done his research, I would expect anyone writing a 2800 page chronicle of a 4 year war to get a fact wrong here and there. 135 years after the war, details still pop up in archives and newly discovered letters which make people question prior assumptions. This is no historical novel as some have suggested - he doesn't invent dialogue and guess about the personal lives of characters like the Shaara books - this is history.Read more ›
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Shelby Foote has had many reviews and reviewers, so there isn't much I can add to the stream of commendations he has received. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kiwiwriter
This is one of the best histories I have ever read--rich in narrative detail, scrupulously researched, and a remarkable companion piece to visiting the historical sites and seeing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Craig H
Storytelling is superb--but the font/typeface is a little off-putting, and detracts from the quality of the read.Published 3 months ago by Charles H Borst
Haven't finished it yet but what I have read so far, it is super!Published 3 months ago by Karolynn Eilers
My son requested this set and is pleased and very enthusiastic with being able to once again find this available.Published 4 months ago by well-read
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 4 months 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 4 months ago by TechGeek