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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James M. McPherson Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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James M. McPherson is a Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times bestselling author, and America’s leading Civil War historian. In this powerful book, he reconstructs the gripping Battle of Antietam—the single bloodiest day in the history of American combat. In stunning detail and with remarkable insight, McPherson makes a convincing case that Antietam was the battle that changed the course of the war. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Haunting…In some of the letters of surviving soldiers, there is a sense that the horror would forever escape the capabilities of their language and remain lodged only in their nightmares.”

    New Yorker

  • “In McPherson’s hands, the Battle of Antietam gains an urgent immediacy…his brief narrative is driven by an awareness of the element of contingency, the ‘what if’ of history. By showing how Antietam changed the course of the Civil War, Crossroads of Freedom suggests how the outcome may have shaped world history.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “McPherson is the preeminent historian of the Civil War…His mastery extends from military affairs to politics to diplomacy, and he never loses sight of the human beings, both great and small, caught up in the war’s vortex…McPherson is a master of the miniature as well as the panorama.”

    Washington Post

  • “A graceful and engaging blend of McPherson’s scholarship and stylish writing…Crossroads of Freedom is a small but valuable gem that similarly teaches and entertains.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Accessible, elegant, and economical.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “No one could tell the story of this pivotal battle and its consequences better than Pulitzer Prize–winning Civil War historian James McPherson.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn Shurden | 2/20/2014

    " Learned so much about this battle and what happened on the way to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine Hurst | 2/7/2014

    " An interesting and readable account of the events leading up to the Battle of Antietam, and the author's contention that it was the pivotal battle of the war. I'm not a huge military history reader--read this for a course in the Civil War--but I did learn a lot. Even though the book is entitled "Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War", the first three chapters of the book deal with the war up to that point, and the fifth chapter deals with the aftermath. The battle itself gets only a single chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna | 2/2/2014

    " Civil War Book Club book....fascinating portrayal of the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg and the course it charted for the rest of the Civil War. I usually struggle with battle-strategy type books but I really enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Theresa | 1/28/2014

    " Fast read by an author who gives lots of quotes which are very helpful to create a scene or understand a character. "

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