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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Bracelen Flood Narrator: Charles Bracelen Flood Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9780060893781
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 9/12/2013

    " I cried at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/11/2013

    " A great narrative on the relationship between Grant and Sherman. I've read a bio of Grant, and this makes me want to read more about Sherman. Read by the author at a decent pace, and only five discs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/6/2013

    " This book was a god read and quite enlightening. I learned a lot that I did not already know about the Civil War and about these two impressive military men and their unique relationship with one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loren | 9/12/2012

    " Interesting but had a very nasty tendency to drag in a number of places. Felt longer then it really was and finishing it felt like a chore. Still had some interesting parts to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kehs | 8/24/2012

    " A very well written account of the amazing friendship between Grant and Sherman, a combination that preserved the Union. Interesting and rare insights into the private lives of both men and their families. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 8/19/2012

    " absolutely riveting account of Grant's and Sherman's firendship and strategy taht won the Civil War and - while brutal and bloody - ultimately shortened the War that seemed unwinnable for the North for far too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John E | 7/21/2012

    " Focusing on the two leaders, it is not a survey of the war. A couple of minor errors will distract nit-pickers for a moment, but generally very well done. Well written. The book needed a summary at the end of why these two men turned out to be the great leaders they became. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean Chick | 5/13/2012

    " It has been said before in better prose and with more insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William J. Shep | 3/3/2012

    " Very well researched and written dual biography of the two great leaders, and, above all, friends, who together planned and fought the battles that won the American Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Herrick | 2/5/2012

    " The part about the Grand Review of the Union Armies had me in tears. But, I'm still trying to understand what made Grant an effective General. This book comes close to nailing that down, but it would be nice to see a comparative study of generals "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Faberson | 1/13/2012

    " I thought this book was awesome. I only got into Civil War history a few years ago, but what I've read so far has all been pretty great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Smith | 10/29/2011

    " This was a gift from my kids for Christmas in 2011. Read it over the Christmas break and really enjoyed it. The book is a a bio about both Grant and Sherman but also covers their close relationship. Would recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 3/10/2011

    " Interesting details not generally covered in the broader histories of the civil war. Makes even more clear how two such seemingly ordinary men could rise to greatness to meet the challenges which they faced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loren | 12/26/2010

    " Interesting but had a very nasty tendency to drag in a number of places. Felt longer then it really was and finishing it felt like a chore. Still had some interesting parts to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 7/24/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/2/2010

    " Focusing on the two leaders, it is not a survey of the war. A couple of minor errors will distract nit-pickers for a moment, but generally very well done. Well written. The book needed a summary at the end of why these two men turned out to be the great leaders they became. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 3/4/2010

    " Interesting details not generally covered in the broader histories of the civil war. Makes even more clear how two such seemingly ordinary men could rise to greatness to meet the challenges which they faced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/18/2010

    " A great narrative on the relationship between Grant and Sherman. I've read a bio of Grant, and this makes me want to read more about Sherman. Read by the author at a decent pace, and only five discs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shep | 2/8/2010

    " Very well researched and written dual biography of the two great leaders, and, above all, friends, who together planned and fought the battles that won the American Civil War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 11/25/2008

    " absolutely riveting account of Grant's and Sherman's firendship and strategy taht won the Civil War and - while brutal and bloody - ultimately shortened the War that seemed unwinnable for the North for far too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 8/9/2008

    " I thought this book was awesome. I only got into Civil War history a few years ago, but what I've read so far has all been pretty great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/13/2008

    " A very well written account of the amazing friendship between Grant and Sherman, a combination that preserved the Union. Interesting and rare insights into the private lives of both men and their families. "

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About the Author

Charles Bracelen Flood (1929-2014) wrote fifteen books, including Lee: The Last Years and Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War, which Salon named one of the “Top 12 Civil War Books Ever Written,” and the New York Times bestselling novel Love Is a Bridge. He graduated from Harvard and was a past president of the PEN American Center.