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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Ransom Narrator: David Thorn Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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This book is an extraordinary day-to-day documentary of the Civil War's most infamous Confederate prison, Camp Sumter, better known as Andersonville.

Here 13,000 wretched Union prisoners died within barely 14 months, from starvation, scurvy, and other diseases that spread through the camp. There was little shelter but makeshift tents; little in the way of blankets, warm clothing, or even shoes; and a scarcity of food and fresh water. Often the men were forced to sleep on the muddy ground in very crowded conditions.

While the deplorable conditions bear witness to man's inhumanity to man, they also are witness to one man's undaunted spirit to survive to tell the dreadful tale.

The narrative in the diary reflects John Ransom's attitudes, changing from the moody early staccato sentences when he is first captured, to resignation, and eventually to cheerful prose when the war draws to a close.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 11/4/2013

    " A haunting book. It had a powerful impact on me. Not for the faint of heart, but important to know what great sacrifices men have made for our country, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/15/2012

    " After reading Andersonville by Mckinly Kantor I just had to read this...a very moving and powerful book...his love for life prevailed...god bless him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laritza | 12/5/2011

    " Amazing true story. Makes you shiver and realize on how cruel human kind can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Painter | 10/23/2011

    " An episode of the civil war that is little heard of but very sad indeed. I was shocked reading this book, it reminded me of the Nazi death camps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 10/19/2011

    " Wonderful in audiobook form. Detailed and depressing. Can't get any worse...but it does, over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 9/19/2011

    " One of my ancestors died at Andersonville...is buried in the National Cemetery. This book was incredible...so hard to even begin to understand the horrors of this place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 10/29/2010

    " So many amazing and awful things in this diary.

    Amazing he survived the worst concentration camp ever on US soil. Awful to know how fast scurvy sets in and the awful things it does to a body. Ugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/19/2009

    " After reading Andersonville by Mckinly Kantor I just had to read this...a very moving and powerful book...his love for life prevailed...god bless him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laritza | 1/25/2009

    " Amazing true story. Makes you shiver and realize on how cruel human kind can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 11/2/2008

    " A haunting book. It had a powerful impact on me. Not for the faint of heart, but important to know what great sacrifices men have made for our country, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 3/25/2008

    " An episode of the civil war that is little heard of but very sad indeed. I was shocked reading this book, it reminded me of the Nazi death camps. "

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About the Author

John Ransom, a Union soldier captured by the Confederate Army, ended up in the Andersonville prison. He had been a printer from Michigan, and he returned there after the war. Little else is known about his life except through his diary of his prison experience.

About the Narrator

David Thorn spent his childhood in the Channel Islands off the coast of France, was schooled in England, and then immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-three. He is retired from international commerce and currently resides in California.