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In 1954, Shelby Foote was a young novelist with a contract to write a short history of the Civil War. It soon became clear, however, that he had undertaken a long-term project. Twenty years later Foote finally completed his massive and essential trilogy on the War Between the States. His three books are prose masterpieces with lively characterizations and gripping action. Although Foote never sacrifices the truth of what happened to his penchant for artistry, his skills as a novelist serve him well. Reading all three of these books will take some time, but they are worth the investment--especially if you, like Foote, have a touch of sympathy for the South's lost cause.
About the audiobook narrator: I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with the whole production--the format, of course, and the quality of sound: but above all with Grover Gardner's performance. No writer could ask for a better out-loud reader. --Shelby Foote
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...a stirring and stupendous synthesis of history.--Chicago Daily News
In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail, in beauty of language and feeling for the people involved, this work surpasses anything else on the subject...It stands alongside the work of the best of them.--New Republic --.
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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Provides excellent detail while relating parallel events occurring in others theaters.Published 1 month ago by david f maggioncalda
This three volume series is filled with historical information about the ongoing military and political situation and maneuvering during the Civil War. Read morePublished 1 month ago by daydreamer
Beautifully written balanced account of the civil war in a time when folks seem to prefer fictitious versions that somehow support their political views! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sydney K. L. West