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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (294 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Rains Trulock Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joshua Chamberlain of Maine forged an incredible career during the Civil War. An academic and theologian by training, this modest young professor left Bowdoin College to accept a commission as lieutenant colonel of the Twentieth Maine. He fought at Antietam and Fredericksburg, then led his regiment to glory at Gettysburg, where he ordered the brilliant charge that saved Little Round Top. Promoted to brigade command, Chamberlain won a battlefield promotion to brigadier general from Ulysses S. Grant for his distinguished conduct in the assaults against Petersburg. He was held in such high esteem by his superior officers that Grant accorded him the honor of receiving the formal Confederate surrender at Appomattox. There Chamberlain endeared himself to succeeding generations with his unforgettable salute to Robert E. Lee’s defeated army.

After the war, he went on to serve four terms as governor of his home state and later became president of Bowdoin College. He wrote prolifically about the war, including The Passing of the Armies, a classic account of the final campaign of the Army of the Potomac. This remarkable biography traces his life and times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deserve[s] a place on every Civil War bookshelf.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Trulock] brings her subject alive and escorts him through a brilliant career. One can easily say that the definitive work on Joshua Chamberlain has now been done.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “An example of history as it should be written. The author combines exhaustive research with an engaging prose style to produce a compelling narrative which will interest scholars and Civil War buffs alike.”

    Journal of Military History

  • “Trulock’s strengths are derived from her meticulous attention to detail and her vivid description. Her account of the surrender of the Confederate Army is among the most moving this reviewer has read.”

    Journal of Southern History

  • “Trulock presents a definitive biography of this distinguished citizen and Union officer. Chamberlain emerges from Trulock’s pages as an unusually brave man who could think quickly and rationally under extreme stress.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Popular reader [Grover Gardner] has a newscaster’s voice, and the story rolls along as if he weren’t there. He reads with moderate pacing, intelligently, but not flamboyantly.”

    AudioFile

  • “A solid biography...It does full justice to an astonishing life. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Gardner’s] strong voice ably recapitulates the impressive life of General Joshua Chamberlain.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rich | 4/18/2013

    " Interesting and filled with details, but more of a hagiography than a biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 11/23/2012

    " Well worth the time spent reading this rather large book. One of the overlooked heroes of the US Civil War, Chambers certainly is someone to admire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 3/3/2012

    " Very good; very interesting; I read this after reading the Civil War by Shelby Foote "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lauren | 3/13/2011

    " Despite being a very thick book, the reading was smooth. The way it read was beautiful, really. It focuses mainly on his war years. I greatly enjoyed it. "

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About the Author

The late Alice Rains Trulock was a retired personnel manager and politician in Indianapolis, Indiana.