A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian's acclaimed Civil War history of the complex man and controversial Union commander whose battlefield brilliance ensured the downfall of the Confederacy.
Preeminent Civil War historian Bruce Catton narrows his focus on commander Ulysses S. Grant, whose bold tactics and relentless dedication to the Union ultimately ensured a Northern victory in the nation's bloodiest conflict.
While a succession of Union generals - from McClellan to Burnside to Hooker to Meade - were losing battles and sacrificing troops due to ego, egregious errors, and incompetence, an unassuming Federal Army commander was excelling in the Western theater of operations. Though unskilled in military power politics and disregarded by his peers, Colonel Grant, commander of the Twenty-First Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was proving to be an unstoppable force. He won victory after victory at Belmont, Fort Henry, and Fort Donelson, while brilliantly avoiding near-catastrophe and ultimately triumphing at Shiloh. And Grant's bold maneuvers at Vicksburg would cost the Confederacy its invaluable lifeline: the Mississippi River. But destiny and President Lincoln had even loftier plans for Grant, placing nothing less than the future of an entire nation in the capable hands of the North's most valuable military leader.
Based in large part on military communiqués, personal eyewitness accounts, and Grant's own writings, Catton's extraordinary history offers listeners an insightful look at arguably the most innovative Civil War battlefield strategist, unmatched by even the South's legendary Robert E. Lee.
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"Terrible narrator for a great book"
great book, terrible narrator. the list of mispronounced words is too long to include here. Where was the editor, director, or someone who should have addressed this distracting problem? Narrator: spend less time on trying to add fake emotion to the narrative and more time with a pronunciation guide.
"Great book, horrible narration."
A great book almost ruined by the narrator. The narrator doesn't seem to understand that in English, questions end on an up inflection, not statements. He also pauses where no comma exists and than runs sentences together. This make it hard to follow what the writer is saying. His constant ending of sentence with up inflection, jumbling of sentences and mispronunciation of names made listening a chore. Too bad because this is a great, well written book. I still recommend this book, just be prepared.
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