"An exceptional book about an exceptional man."
"Wade Hampton has been one of the most overlooked figures in American biography, though he played a major role as both soldier and statesman through a long part of the nineteenth century. We now have the book that has been needed. Comprehensively researched and vividly written, Walter Brian Cisco's biography is definitive. It also provides a stimulating and original view of many almost-forgotten aspects of American life in the Civil War era."
"Walter Brian Cisco's Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman
is an extremely well-researched and well-written treatment of Wade Hampton's life that details both his triumphs on the battlefield as well as his greatest achievements in the political arena. Hampton fought like a lion for Confederate independence, and once the war was over, he fought even harder to bring peace and civil rights to the postwar South."
"Unlike previous biographers, Walter Brian Cisco does not engage in hero worship, but shows Hampton as a flesh-and-blood man. . . . Cisco has produced the most balanced account of this often-overlooked Palmetto State icon. For those unfamiliar with the general, this book will be an eye-opener."
"Walter Brian Cisco has not ony produced a penetrating and well-researched volume, he has managed to capture the essential dichotomy of American life in the mid to late nineteenth century. And he has done so with a certain panache and sympathy seldom exhibited in this day of 'political correctness.'"
"A comprehensively researched, highly readable, and long-overdue treatment of a man whose military and political careers significantly impacted not only south Carolina but America."
"A remarkably well-researched and readable treatise."
"Walter B. Cisco's new biography of Wade Hampton fills a void in the historiography of the War Between the States . . . . a well researched book that is an enjoyable read."
"Cisco clearly sets out to produce an exhaustively detailed portrait of Hampton, and in this regard he has succeeded handsomely."
About the Author
Walter Brian Cisco is the author of States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War
, an alternative selection of the History Book Club, and Taking a Stand: Portraits from the Southern Secession Movement
. He lives in Cordova, South Carolina.