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Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American Paperback – March 22, 1993
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?The best analysis of General Sherman that has appeared.?-Saturday Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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There is a stunningly profound quote from Hart in the book that I'll paraphrase here but I've put it on my wall to think more about: Sherman's success was rooted in his grasp that the way to success is strategically along the line of least expectation and tactically along the line of least resistance. Buy this book, struggle through it and you'll be a better person for it. (And if you like Sherman, or the Civil War, James McPherson's This Mighty Scourge is the next book to read.)
The Union attempted to take Richmond by the shortest and most direct route; but this way was blocked with natural obstacles. If the Confederates fell back they would be closer to their reserves, supplies, and reinforcements. These facts favored the entrenched defenders.
The western campaign ended in the capture of Vicksburg and control of the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans. Liddell Hart contrasts the maneuvers here to the stalemate back east. But the conditions, or politics, did not allow a wide flanking invasion through West Virginia or North Carolina. The threat to Richmond kept Confederate troops there. Longstreet proposed an invasion of Kentucky, a far flanking attack, but was turned down by Lee.
It explains how Sherman out-maneuvered Johnston from Chattanooga to Atlanta. By threatening to outflank Johnston, the Confederates fell back. His replacement by Hood did not prevent the capture of Atlanta. This revived the hope of victory for the North, and helped to re-elect Lincoln.
Sherman then abandoned his supply and communication lines (vulnerable to attack) and marched on to Savannah and the ocean. His army lived off the land. This enabled his army to be resupplied by the Navy. He then marched north, seeming to attack other cities, but passed between and continued to destroy railroads and bridges.Read more ›
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Liddel Hart was one of the premier strategist of the 20th century. His biography of Sherman not only traces the general's life and career, but also gives the reader a real insight... Read morePublished 5 months ago by reader
I'm a Southerner. I hate Sherman. But this was a good book. It teaches a great deal about the nature of strategy.Published 6 months ago by Oliver J Box
This is a military history of the Sherman battles, but I found it very interesting and well worth the time it took to read and understand this historic figure.Published 7 months ago by John Galt
I've read this book twice, the first a long time ago. No one understands the details of the campaigns better than Liddell Hart. Why can't every writer write like this? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Russael
B.H. Liddell Hart lives up to his reputation as a groundbreaking military strategist and tactician with an evaluation of the key American Civil War leader in light of the author's... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marvin K. Collison
Due to when it was written the book makes many references and comparisons to people and events in WW1, which are now obscure. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Philip H. Evans
A really excellent book by a world-class historian on the life and military campaigns of the man who reportedly was used as a leadership and strategy model by both WWII generals... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Happyjack41