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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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I read all three over 10 days. First and second book are very good, but the third is (in my opinion) the better. Read morePublished 4 days ago by R. Stephenson
The first disk doesn't work. One of the sections comes to a stop and halts the show.Published 20 days ago by John Gandy
It's a great read if your into history. The pages of the books are well made.Published 1 month ago by CMSamspon
I'm 600 plus pages in, and all I can say is, wow, what a magisterial tome indeed! Shelby Foote's writing is a delight: erudite, poetically lyrical, laced with beautiful turns of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barrett Ross
I have read a bit on the Civil War and this book brings it all together. But you had better be in the mood for a good long read. I read all three vols. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald R Webre
Shelby Foote....An amazing man and author. This 3 part, I'd have to say, is his Opus.Published 3 months ago by Earl of Dover