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Author: William C. Davis Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781483081984
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This book paints a vivid picture of Jefferson Davis as a multifaceted, often charismatic man who mirrored the turbulent times in which he lived and who stood solidly for the South that he loved. Ranging over the complete span of his long life, it shows him as a hardworking Mississippi planter, a compassionate slave owner, a hero of the Mexican War, and an able secretary of war under Franklin Pierce. But it is on the years of the Civil War and Davis’ controversial performance as president of the Confederacy that the book naturally focuses. Loved by many for his eloquence, courage, loyalty, and devotion, he was vilified by many more for his well-known obstinacy and vanity, his feuds with his best commanders, and his unwillingness to delegate responsibility to others. Judicious, balanced, compassionate, Jefferson Davis is an enthralling account of a remarkable man.

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  • “This is a pragmatic but sympathetic biography that explains why Davis was respected but never loved by the citizens of the Confederate states.”

    Publishers Weekly


  • “A fine, objective portrait in paradox, shrewdly detailing how Jefferson Davis’ character flaws rendered him woefully unsuited to be President of the Confederacy…A dispassionate, well-researched, and skillful biography of a complex and controversial figure.”

    Kirkus Reviews


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About the Author

William C. Davis is the author or editor of more than fifty books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history, as well as numerous documentary screenplays. He was the on-camera senior consultant for fifty-two episodes of the Arts & Entertainment Network/History Channel series Civil War Journal, as well as a number of other productions on commercial and public television and the BBC. He has acted as historical consultant for several television and film productions, including The Blue and the Gray, George Washington, and The Perfect Tribute. In September 2013 he retired after thirteen years as professor of history and executive director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He is a three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award given for book-length works in Confederate History. His book The Battle of New Market is the basis of the 2014 motion picture Field of Lost Shoes. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and serves on several other consultative bodies. He lives near Roanoke, Virginia.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.