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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen W. Sears Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation’s history. On this single day, the battle claimed nearly twenty-three thousand casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Combining brilliant military analysis with narrative history of enormous power, Landscape Turned Red is the definitive work on this climactic and bitter struggle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best account of the Battle of Antietam.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A modern classic.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “No other book so vividly depicts that battle, the campaign that preceded it, and the dramatic political events that followed.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Authoritative and graceful…a first-rate work of history.”


  • Fletcher Pratt Award • Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 2/18/2014

    " Outstanding book on the topic! A excellent coverage of the days events, the futility of the "Back an Forth" attempts to take the field and awesome lose of life and limb. Most note worthy for me was the insight into the poor command and leadership skills McClellan displayed during the encounter; this from the American Napolean. Well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew Clem | 2/12/2014

    " The most eye opening examination of a battle. This battle was the emotional point in the war and how it effected the political and the military world. The mystery of "orders 191". I never heard of this and it makes total sense why General McCullen was aggressive in battle. This shed light on a lot things great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ray Estabrook | 2/9/2014

    " Excellent and absorbing. It vaulted to the top of my reading list. Really explains the political stakes implicit in this campaign and captures the drama of the events leading to the battle. I found the battle itself confusing but I suppose it was confusing. "

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

    " This book is an excellent portrayal of the bloodiest day in American history and the events that led up to it. It places the blame for the battle and the blood that was shed squarely where it belongs, on General George McClellan, head of the Union Army. Cautious by nature, General McClellan failed to pursue opportunity after opportunity to destroy the Rebel Army and, by not following up on it, prolonging the war by 3 more years. A bonus chapter is devoted to Lost Order No. 19, which practically gave General McClellan the Confederate Army's plans and location. It is an easy read and has battle maps as well. A less involved book than his other two works, CHANCELLORSVILLE and GETTYSBURG, but a nice read nonetheless. Civil War history buffs, this one is great. "

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