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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (411 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Bracelen Flood Narrator: Charles Bracelen Floo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"We were as brothers," William Tecumseh Sherman said, describing his relationship with Ulysses S. Grant. They were incontestably two of the most important figures in the Civil War, but until now there has been no book about their victorious partnership and the deep friendship that made it possible.

Heeding the call to save the Union, each struggled past political hurdles to join the war effort. Taking each other's measure at the Battle of Shiloh, they began their unique collaboration. Often together under fire on the war's great battlefields, they shared the demands of family life, the heartache of loss, and supported each other in the face of mudslinging by the press and politicians. Their growing mutual admiration and trust set the stage for the crucial final year of the war and the peace that would follow.

Moving and elegantly written, Grant and Sherman is a historical page-turner: a gripping portrait of two men whose friendship, forged on the battlefield, would win the Civil War.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This dual biography gracefully reveals how the two men grew to be ‘as brothers,’ why their partnership proved essential to victory for the Union, and how well they complemented and helped each other in their lives and careers, despite some major differences…The book also discusses Grant’s and Sherman’s marriages, their relationships with their soldiers, and their dealings with politicians to provide well-rounded and complete portraits of these fascinating leaders. Grant and Sherman is a thoughtful portrait of the two men who ‘other than Lincoln... would have more to do with winning the war that preserved the Union than anyone else.’" 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Powerful and illuminating.”

    Washington Post

  • Grant and Sherman...captures both the glory and the sorrow of comrades parting after a long ordeal.” 

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Flood has written a solid book that illuminates their productive relationship.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “One of the big-profile history books of the season and highly recommended for all history-minded readers.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Flood’s overarching theme of Grant and Sherman’s friendship, born in fire, is...a worthy contribution to Civil War literature.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Seth | 2/3/2014

    " Close to 4 and a half. Very well written. Detailed but doesn't get bogged down in a way that would slow the narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick Hammonds | 1/26/2014

    " EXCELLENT BOOK!!!! A friendship forged during the Civill War which turned the tide of war a d the fate of a nation. A friendship that continued until their deaths "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by P.e.lolo | 1/11/2014

    " Outstanding story of two famous men who did not have the want for glory just keeping the union together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 10/30/2013

    " This book provided an otherwise unknown treatment of the relationship that existed between these two historical icons. You do not have to be a military scholar to appreciate this book. It also offers some good insights into the political intrigue that occurred during the Civil War. "

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