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William Tecumseh Sherman Audiobook

William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

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General Sherman's 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family.

As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War's most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war's swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea. This meticulously researched biography explores Sherman's warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, his strained relationship with his wife, Ellen, and his unassuageable grief over the death of his young son, Willy. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day.

©2016 James Lee McDonough (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"McDonough has produced an exhaustive biography told with considerable narrative skill." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • IRP
    Falmouth, ME United States
    02/12/16
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    "Very Fair and Balanced View of Sherman"

    I just finished listening to this book after having listened to the RA White biography of Ulysses Grant (American Ulysses- available from Audible). I found this biography to be superior to that of the Grant biography simply because McDonough took the time to objectively present Sherman not just as a hero but also as a human being who had many of the flaws that seem to haunt great men and are often overlooked in their biographies. In Sherman's case, these flaws included his prejudice against African Americans, his hatred of the press and politicians, his nervous disposition and his aversion to being a commanding general (which resulted in his disgrace following a brief command of the Army of Ohio early in the War) and his anti-Catholicism. The author did a great job of sketching these flaws and also presenting the opinions of other scholars in evaluating Sherman as both the man and the general. By the time I finished listening to the book, I actually felt that I knew Sherman as a man and not just as a Civil War hero. David Drummond's narration of the book was very good.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • E. J. Potchen
    East Lansing Mi
    22/07/16
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    "We can always learn more about the Civil War."

    Sherman is refreshingly brought to life in this remarkable narrative history. His maturation as a general and a leader is exemplified. The nature of all out war is demonstrated in his March through the South and the role it played in ending the war.
    This book should be read by anyone seeking an additional perspective on the horrendous Civil War.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D. Lubin
    Gainesville, Ga USA
    05/02/17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    This book is well researched and spans General Sherman's entire life. It also blends in a lot of intuitive thinking by the author, who know his subject well. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned a great deal about this most complicated man who became an icon of the great conflict that befell this nation in 1861. Recommended without reservation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Mears
    28/10/16
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    "Excellent."

    interesting and pertinent info on the General, well presented. I learned a great deal, and I've read about the war extensively.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • CJ
    Corvallis, OR
    14/09/16
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    "Great Book"

    fun book about the life of an interesting yet flawed man. presented in a straightforward manner with great references and a compelling subject.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • kathleen o'brien
    04/08/16
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    Great narrator. I learned a great deal more than the usual caricature of him. I will look for more books from this narrator.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jaime
    United States
    20/08/16
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    "narrator is a bit dry, but the book is on point"

    captivating book that constantly put me to sleep. the narrator has great pronunciation but little energy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle Magruder
    17/07/16
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    "William Tecumseh Sherman "

    A gripping biography with an excellent performance. Easily my favorite book I've listened to on audible.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie W. Stewart III
    23/07/17
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    "Great"

    The author does a fine job of giving Sherman the leading role in this great book and also giving the battles of the Civil War, clear and detail rendering of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    23/07/17
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    "An Engaging if Incomplete Story"

    I really loved this book. While I'm a huge fan of Sherman's, he is for many a controversial figure. McDonough points out that Sherman's own memoirs were so detailed and persuasive, however, that many historians have tended to accept his point of view without question. There are times McDonough seems to fall into this trap in what is clearly a sympathetic portrayal. In the end, though, McDonough's portrait is complex and multifaceted. We can see the man of courage and integrity, but also a man who could be vain and authoritarian; a man of deep sensitivity whose sympathies never fully embraced non-whites. Throughout, McDonough's fascination with the man, his contradictions and his story, is contagious. His frequent use of quotations from Sherman's memoirs help make the journey more personal and intimate. This is not just a collection of events from Sherman's life, but a chronicle of the inner workings, passions, and opinions of the man as he experienced them. I found McDonough was able to make even periods of Sherman's life that were relatively bland - his peacetime military posts, being a banker in California - interesting and a joy to listen to. Much of this is due to the fact that Sherman was a passionate, opinionated person, who always had something on his mind and something to say. McDonough recognizes that these slow periods are just as valuable for revealing who Sherman was, and he mines them for all they're worth. Once we get to the Civil War, which for most will be the most interesting part of the book, we feel we are following someone we have grown to know, respect and like. That makes these sections all the more powerful. While the sections of the book covering the Civil War are strong, if there is a weakness here, it is that the March itself is not given the detailed study it deserves. Perhaps because this has been done elsewhere, but still, while hardly ignored, it certainly seems a subject that could have been handled in more depth. Overall, though, this is an engaging and enjoyable presentation of the life on one of America's most fascinating figures. Finally, I can't say enough good things about David Drummond's reading. Since Sherman is often quoted, a large part of his job is to play Sherman, and this he does flawlessly. As Sherman's quotes are often colorful and impassioned, a reading which failed to convey this rich personality would have been a failure. Drummond creates a vivid character which matches the words and afterwards I felt like I had, in a sense, met Sherman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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