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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455182879
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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.”

    Newsweek

  • Fletcher Pratt Award • Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil J. | 2/2/2014

    " Couldn't finish it. Too detailed on movement of various military brigades in preparation for the showdown at Antietam. Probably inevitable that that degree of troop movements would be included in any historical novel about war. Interesting profiles of military and governmental figures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Woods | 1/20/2014

    " Even after having read so much about the First World Wae with all its horrors this account of the bloodiest battle in American history stunned me. The poignancy of it all was made all the more telling by a walk over the battlefield a few days after I finished the book. O just cried for hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janelle V. | 12/23/2013

    " Serviceable history of Antietam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Art Mitchell | 12/9/2013

    " The finest account of the Battle of Antietam ever written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 11/30/2013

    " I read this, then went to the battlefield. Understanding what happened made the visit so much more powerful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip Carman | 11/25/2013

    " This is a classic historical read and a topic that has long intrigued me. The single bloodiest day in American history is made clear and consise by Sears comprehensive research. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/23/2013

    " It was very dull and I couldn't get past Sears' obsession/absolute loathing of McClellan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis | 4/13/2012

    " Yeah I don't think anyone in my circle is interested in this except me. That being said, Stephen Sears writes well and gives incisive summaries of major battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/11/2011

    " really shows how bad lil mac was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 W | 12/2/2010

    " Best Civil War writer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Brown | 12/1/2010

    " MAYBE THE BEST TREATMENT OF ANTIETAM IN A SINGLE VOLUME. GETS DOWN TO THE REGIMENT AND BRIGADE LEVEL. OUTSTANDING!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Gottert | 9/24/2010

    " Easily the best battle study on Sharpsburg, possibly the best of any written about any battle of the war. If you have an interest in the Civil War, you need to read this. My only complaint is that it could use a few more maps, but that's almost always my complaint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 8/30/2010

    " great civil war story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas Graney | 7/10/2010

    " Read the book and then visit the battlefield. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 3/9/2010

    " The history of the bloodiest battle in America history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 2/11/2010

    " I completed this just before visiting the Antietam Cival War Memorial site in Maryland. This is an excellent book on this pivitol battle in the US Cival War. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Travis Reno | 1/25/2010

    " yet another civil war tome that I couldn't get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/7/2009

    " Well researched but a bit on the dry side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 10/14/2009

    " I completed this just before visiting the Antietam Cival War Memorial site in Maryland. This is an excellent book on this pivitol battle in the US Cival War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 2/23/2009

    " The history of the bloodiest battle in America history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 10/20/2008

    " MAYBE THE BEST TREATMENT OF ANTIETAM IN A SINGLE VOLUME. GETS DOWN TO THE REGIMENT AND BRIGADE LEVEL. OUTSTANDING!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 laura | 10/16/2008

    " Yeah I don't think anyone in my circle is interested in this except me. That being said, Stephen Sears writes well and gives incisive summaries of major battles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 10/5/2008

    " An excellent guide to the Battle of Antietam. Sears includes incredible amounts of detail, down to the movement of individual regiments. A must-read for Civil War buffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 9/1/2008

    " I'd have to say that Sears is the best Civil War author around today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 8/21/2008

    " Read the book and then visit the battlefield. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 8/1/2008

    " Well researched but a bit on the dry side. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen W. Sears

Stephen W. Sears is the author of many acclaimed books on the Civil War including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He has been called “the finest and most provocative Civil War historian writing today” (Chicago Tribune). A former editor at American Heritage, he lives in Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and six Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.