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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen W. Sears Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1999 ISBN: 9781470325480
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Throughout the devastating years of the Civil War, the Union Army of the Potomac seldom marched in step. In this provocative book, acclaimed historian and award-winning author Stephen W. Sears takes a fascinating look at some of the intriguing Union generals and the controversies that swirled around them. Delving into historical documents and the personal papers of military officers, Sears shares the compelling stories of oft-maligned Generals McClellan and Hooker, the shocking court-martial of patriotic General Stone, the failed plots to kidnap Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and more. As the facts come to light, the Union’s renowned leaders stand revealed as what they really were: ordinary men in the grip of extraordinary times. An authority on the Civil War, Sears skillfully paints a remarkable portrait of the personalities and events that shaped our nation’s greatest crisis. The rich analysis becomes ever more clear and accessible with Nelson Runger’s thoughtful narration. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “There is drama and intrigue aplenty here, and Sears lays it out with great skill.”

    Noah Andre Trudeau, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sears know his subject inside and out…[He] proves that analytical history can be written with the same literary grace as old-fashioned narratives…[and] offers new evidence and fresh insights that will cause many to reevaluate some long-held interpretations.”

    Journal of Military History

  • “In Sear’s hands even familiar episodes acquire an immediacy and sense of drama which make them fresh. No student of the Army of the Potomac should miss this beautifully written book.”

    North & South magazine

  • “Feisty…This opinionated but informed book is a joy to read, and belongs in the library of any serious student of the Civil War.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “An intelligent, well-researched volume…controversial…This book provides much-needed fresh insight into the operations of the North’s primary field army.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sears, well known in the field of Civil War history for his studies of McClellan, has complied this highly accessible collection of…fast-paced tales of bravery and braggadocio, of ambition and arrogance, of in-fighting and manipulation…Meticulously researched and endnoted, this book is a valuable resource.”


  • “A well-researched, well-told, readable addition to Civil War history that explores the characters of famous officers and chronicles some little-known events.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Stephen W. Sears

Stephen W. Sears is the author of many acclaimed books on the Civil War including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He has been called “the finest and most provocative Civil War historian writing today” (Chicago Tribune). A former editor at American Heritage, he lives in Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.