- Paperback: 436 pages
- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS @; 1st edition (1964)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000EQU1TU
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,711,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Glory Road Paperback – 1964
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I am aware that I have just finished reading a masterpiece. What is embarassing for me to consider is that it sat on my bookshelf for several years. I will see to it that Vols I and III shall be attended to promptly.
This trilogy is, as all his work is, thoroughly researched and very balanced. It would be hard to detect any bias in this native Michiganer of the first half of the 20th century, though I vaguely suspect he had more sympathy for the South, if only for the "pluck" (he likes that word in fact) of their "David vs. Goliath" undertaking.
This 2nd volume is perhaps the best. It describes what is in some ways is the most tragic period of the war, that period too long after Bull Run for the Confederates to still believe the North wouldn't or couldn't fight, and too long before Appomattox to allow the Northerners to see that they would prevail. It is particularly sad to think of the brave men who fought for the Union and died senselessly because they were lead by Generals of so little military talent (Pope, Burnside and even Hooker).
The book does a wonderful job in detailing the battle of Gettysburg and it is clear that this is a favorite topic of the author. While Catton does not give much credit for the battle to Meade, he does point out that Meade at least stabilized the Army from the time he took over until Grant would come along (read Volume 3!).
In any case, the real beauty of any of Catton's works is his insight not so much into the Generals and the politicians, but into the common soldier of both sides; what made them fight so savagely one moment, but embrace one another so fully the next?Read more ›
"Glory Road" covers the period from the Battle of Fredericksburg in late 1862 through the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1863 and concludes with President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in November, 1863. The primary battles during this period were Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. The Army of the Potomac had a different commander in each battle, Burnside, Hooker, and Meade, to face Confederate general Robert E. Lee, who had already assumed almost legendary stature. Catton captures these battles well, in a rhythmic and readable prose without getting bogged in the detail of many more minute battle accounts. He also does well in tying the courses of the battles together, something more specialized accounts frequently fail to do. The reader wanting a basic understanding of the battles will find it here.
But there is much more to this book than a description of combat. For me, Catton made the Army of the Potomac come alive. He tells the story of how the Army survived its many defeats and came through as a strong, tough fighting force lacking illusions. The Army survived a series of weak commanders and took control of itself.
Catton also does an excellent job of weaving the military course of the War with political and social history. He discusses the politics within the Lincoln administration and the activities of the Copperheads -- Northerners sympathetic to the Confederate War effort.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A spotlight into the soul of the country. Fascinating and brilliant.Published 1 month ago by Harry L. Crumpacker III
It reads very easily, and I recommend it and the other two books of the trilogy to anyone interested in the American Civil War.Published 2 months ago by N. Fletcher Turner
You cannot go wrong with Bruce Catton. I have read a number of his books and they are great. I like the detail that he gives in each chapter and how each chapter is divided up to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deborah Albery
This is by far Bruce Catton's finest civil war history. The story of a crumbling, badly discouraged union to the sheer ecstasy of victory and honor to those contributing to that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Breese
Enjoyed the author presentation.
Very readable and thoroughly researched.
I read the review from Bob', giving Catton only one star for 'Glory Road'. 'Bob', you couldn't hold Catton's coat while he peed on the statue of Robert E. Lee down in Richmond. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BJM
When I see Catton's name, I can only remember his quote that Lee never again tried a complicated movement after Romney. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob
Bruce Catton was known as a popular historian when he first published books about the American Civil War, because of his narrative nonfiction format. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SeattleBookMama