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Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam Paperback – March 8, 1993

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STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. The New York Times Book Review has called him "arguably the preeminent living historian of the war's eastern theater." He is a former editor for American Heritage.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1st edition (March 8, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395656680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395656686
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Sears has written a thorough and meticulous account of one of the most important battles of the Civil War. It is told primarily from the Union side- something that may disappoint readers more interested in the Southern point of view, but which is also logical, given that Sears is also a biographer of the frustrating and enigmatic George B. McClellan. Sears' emphasis on the Blue side also makes sense given the political significance of the battle for the Union cause. Contrary to the opinion expressed by the reader from Milbury, Sears does not irretrievably hang himself out on any interpretive limbs. To be sure, he his harsh on McClellan's conduct of the campaign, but his view is by no means outside the mainstream of Civil War historiography. If anything, he seems to be taking his cues from Bruce Catton, who is just as critical- if not more critical- of McClellan's sluggishness and caution. If Sears is unduly harsh on anyone, it is probably Fitz-John Porter, the V Corps commander who was eventually cashiered for no other reason than his personal friendship with the fallen McClellan (Porter deserved better, if for no other reason than his stout defense under difficult circumstances at Gaines Mill). Sears never quite rises to the eloquence of Catton's account of Antietam in Mr. Lincoln's Army, but then, few works about the Civil War ever have. His is a heavily interpretive account of the events in question, to be sure, but then no historian ever really "just tells what happened." Sears' attempt to make sense of one of the key events of American history is well-written, credible, and will reward the casual reader and Civil War buff alike.
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IN MY OPINION THERE IS NO BETTER BOOK ON THE SUBJECT OF ANTIETAM. MR SEARS ENABLES THE READER TO FOLLOW BOTH ARMIES ON THEIR FATEFUL MARCH INTO HISTORY AT THE PLACE WHERE THE ROADS CAME TOGETHER. I HAVE USED THIS BOOK AS A TEACHING AID SINCE 1987. AFTER READING LANDSCAPE TURNED RED, EVERY PERSON THAT I HAVE TAKEN TO ANTIETAM HAS HAD A BETTER GRASP OF THE BATTLEFIELD LAYOUT. THEY ARE ABLE TO MORE EASILY VISUALIZE MENTALLY THE EVENTS AND TROOP PLACEMENTS OF THE BLOODIEST DAY IN OUR NATIONS MILITARY HISTORY. MR SEARS IS NOT SHY TO POINT OUT THE PETTY AND NATURAL FLAWS OF SOME OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT SOLDIERS OF THAT ERA. HE ALSO GIVES CREDIT TO THOSE WHO WERE DESERVING AND ANONYMOUS FOR OVER 100 YEARS. THE BOOK FLOWS WITHOUT THE CONSTANT MINDNUMBING FACTS THAT LULL MOST HISTORY READERS TO SLEEP. MR SEARS IS NOT SLOW TO SEPERATE FACT FROM FICTION. HE DEPICTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS BATTLE THROUGH A GIFTED STYLE , NOT BY MERE NUMBERS OF DEAD AND WOUNDED. HE CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DAY AND THE LOST OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE UNION GENERALS HELD IN THEIR HANDS TO CONQUER THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES. I ENCOURAGE EVERY READER WHO IS EVEN SLIGHTLY INTERESTED IN THE CIVIL WAR AND THE ANTIETAM CAMPAIGN TO READ THIS BOOK.
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While the battle that took place in Pennslyvania nearly a year later looms much larger in the popular mind, the battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg to the Rebels) looms almost as important. Had not General Lee's battle plans fallen into the hands of the Union (which the dithering General McClelland almost failed to take advantage of) President Lincoln would have been unable to issue the emancipation proclamation and the European powers might have officially recognized the Confederacy, therby permanently splitting the United States. Author Sears's account brings the battle to life in all of its terrible glory. Anyone with an interest in the Civil War should read this book.
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IN MY OPINION THERE IS NO BETTER BOOK ON THE SUBJECT OF ANTIETAM. MR SEARS ENABLES THE READER TO FOLLOW BOTH ARMIES ON THEIR FATEFUL MARCH INTO HISTORY AT THE PLACE "WHERE THE ROADS CAME TOGETHER". I HAVE USED THIS BOOK AS A TEACHING AID SINCE 1987. AFTER READING LANDSCAPE TURNED RED, EVERY PERSON THAT I HAVE TAKEN TO ANTIETAM HAS HAD A BETTER GRASP OF THE BATTLEFIELD LAYOUT. THEY ARE ABLE TO MORE EASILY VISUALIZE MENTALLY THE EVENTS AND TROOP PLACEMENTS OF THE BLOODIEST DAY IN OUR NATIONS MILITARY HISTORY. MR SEARS IS NOT SHY TO POINT OUT THE PETTY AND NATURAL FLAWS OF SOME OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT SOLDIERS OF THAT ERA. HE ALSO GIVES CREDIT TO THOSE WHO WERE DESERVING AND ANONYMOUS FOR OVER 100 YEARS. THE BOOK FLOWS WITHOUT THE CONSTANT MINDNUMBING FACTS THAT LULL MOST HISTORY READERS TO SLEEP. MR SEARS IS NOT SLOW TO SEPERATE FACT FROM FICTION. HE DEPICTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS BATTLE THROUGH A GIFTED STYLE , NOT BY MERE NUMBERS OF DEAD AND WOUNDED. HE CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DAY AND THE LOST OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE UNION GENERALS HELD IN THEIR HANDS TO CONQUER THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES. I ENCOURAGE EVERY READER WHO IS EVEN SLIGHTLY INTERESTED IN THE CIVIL WAR AND THE ANTIETAM CAMPAIGN TO READ THIS BOOK.
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Sears does an excellent job combining a first-rate overview of the battle, a solid analysis of the combatants and their actions and keeping the book a good read. Landscape Turned Red reads quickly and is very informative, providing great detail in the text as well as copious footnotes. Any student of Antietam should begin study here.
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