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Shiloh, 1862 Hardcover – March 20, 2012
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"Groom enhances his solid reputation as a writer of general audience military history with this narrative of the Civil War’s first major battle in the west." –Publisher's Weekly
“This thrilling narrative account of Shiloh from the bestselling author of Forest Gump, is a vivid portrayal of key players and epic moments that changed America’s understanding of the war.”
–Publishers Weekly Top 10: History and Military History
"Stirring Civil War history from the author of Forest Gump....The emphasis on the human element gives the book a power that sets it apart from most military histories." –Kirkus [Starred Review]
"Including pertinent military detail about weapons and organization, Groom’s compositional acumen makes Shiloh move quickly, vividly, graphically, and perfectly for armchair buff and battlefield
visitor alike." –Booklist
“Groom’s gripping narrative is full of absorbing firsthand accounts from drummer boys, officers and enlisted men, nurses, and civilians…A provocatively rendered and persuasively argued study that demands a central place in Civil War historiography.” –Library Journal (Starred Review)
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The book is intended for a general audience, rather than for died in the wool Civil War buffs. So, there's a great deal of effort into providing context to the battle and a very nice job introducing the main actors, along with a bevy of folks who were just there including some quite famous later on like Ambrose Bierce, Henry Stanley and Lew Wallace. However, there's plenty for Civil War buffs to sink their teeth into as well, and it's just a great read, regardless of your background. As noted, this wasn't Grant's shining hour as he didn't really expect fierce Southern resistance and absolutely failed to prepare for it. Neither did Sherman for that matter who steadfastly refused to accept repeated incoming reports of heavy Southern forces converging on Shiloh. But there was no shortage of poor preparation for the attack and very poor planning for the attack itself by the Southern commander Albert Sidney Johnston, largely regarded in the South as their single greatest commander up to his death in this battle. However, Grant refused to panic and gave all his attention to a massive counterattack on the second day, which was entirely unanticipated and knocked the Southern forces off the field. The battle also introduced Grant and Sherman and forged one of the greatest military relationships in history.
The battle scenes are extremely powerful and well done and retain the ability to affect the reader viscerally.Read more ›
Battles in the western theater are often over shadowed by those in its eastern theater, and Shiloh is no exception. When compared, the number of books written about Shiloh would equal but a small fraction to those written about Gettysburg. In the last four decades there have been a handful of scholarly books published about the Battle of Shiloh, by authors such as James Lee McDonough, Wiley Sword, Larry J. Daniel and O. Edward Cunningham (posthumously). Novelist and historian, Winston Groom, is the latest author to place his book upon that shelf.
Groom's book, "Shiloh 1862," is more a work of popular history than a detail oriented work of military history. It is not a minute by minute, blow by blow, military history. Rather Groom picked a few people to follow and their stories, combined, create a cohesive narrative which covers all parts of the battlefield from both the Union and Confederate sides. Into the mix Groom added diarists Elsie Duncan Hurt and Josie Underwood whose story arcs give a civilian impression of the battle from within and without.
Roughly, a little under the first half of Mr. Groom's narrative is prologue to the battle, covering the careers of Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Albert S. Johnston and P. G. T. Beauregard up to the start of the battle.Read more ›
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I have read several accounts of the battle at Shiloh but this by far was the best. The author being a talented researcher brings a novelist's ability to make the history... Read morePublished 13 days ago by James E. Lemons
The author, Winston Groom, has a talent for describing a battle, in English. This reads like a story. I couldn't put it down.Published 14 days ago by richard lane
I thought this book was very informative. It was an easy read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the Civil War.Published 14 days ago by Nancy J Gaski
I live near the Shiloh Battlefield. I have been there many times. This is the best of the books on the
Battle that I have ever studied on the field. Thanks.
I was attracted to this book due to my interest in the US Civil War and a delightful extended road trip across most of the eastern (north of Virginia) and the western battle sites. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Martin H. Harvey
I bought this before I visited the Shiloh Battleground for the first time. It did a very good job of desribing the battle and the stories that makes every battle unique. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer