- Paperback: 492 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (March 22, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306805073
- ISBN-13: 978-0306805073
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American Paperback – March 22, 1993
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Liddell Hart considered General Sherman the dominant military genius of the Civil War; to prove his point, he traced Sherman's military campaigns, from the first Bull Run debacle to General Joseph Johnston's surrender in 1865.
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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.)
In this book, Liddell Hart turns his considerable talent as a military analyst to one of the great captains, WT Sherman. Specifically, he looks at Sherman as a strategist during the Civil War. He does cover Sherman's life before the war and his career after, but the war is his main focus. Liddell Hart explicates just what it was that Sherman did to the South and to his opposing generals. He left them flummoxed and showed the population of his enemies that the best way to end their suffering was to stop rebelling.
The maps were adequate but would have profited from larger pages. I will admit that I followed along in the text with a copy of the West Point Atlas of American Wars, with its large maps. But the maps in the paperback edition of Liddell Hart will do.
I learned a lot from this study of WT Sherman's campaigns. I would strongly refer people to this book.