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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Hurst Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant achieved what President Lincoln had sought since the start of the war: the first decisive Union victory. Fought on the western edge of the theater, the Forts Henry and Donelson campaign was a gruesome omen of what was to come.

Grant, until then an obscure brigadier general with a reputation for drink, became the fighting man of the hour, earning the nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant for his relentless pounding of the Confederates. But he had a match in ruthlessness in Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest, cavalry commander in the Henry and Donelson campaign, proved a counterweight to Grant: quick and nimble to the former’s steady plodding, a ruthless slaveholder and future KKK Grand Wizard to Grant’s abolitionism.

Hurst captures the battle of these two great men and armies in all its destructive glory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Men of Fire is a riveting account of the making of two great military leaders, and two battles that transformed America.”

    Oxford Town

  • “Writing forcefully and engagingly, Hurst does a thorough job of reconstructing the military aspects of the battle and never shies away from illuminating the war’s horror.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tom Weiner’s narration reflects the accuracy and detail of Hurst’s research. Weiner has a newscaster’s timbre and delivery. He pauses before quotations and gets into the character of whoever is speaking—Southerner, Midwesterner, country boy, officer. Listening is like getting messages from the past. History buffs should love this chronicle of the lesser-known western war.”


  • “Hurst’s rendition of Confederate councils demonstrates his comprehensive grip on sources, as well as his ability to convert research into dramatic storytelling. On the federal side, Hurst focuses on Grant’s rise not only on the battlefield, but also within officer politics. With palpable outrage, Hurst narrates insinuations of intoxication against Grant by Henry Halleck, contrasting the latter’s ignoble jealousies with the battlefield miseries of soldiers fighting in winter mud. Speculative and opinionated Hurst can be, but his style hardly handicaps readers who love debating details of Civil War battles.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lewis | 9/16/2011

    " I'm really thinking this should be 2 1/2. The writing was consistent but plodding. The political machinations overtook a lot of the action and often led me to doze off during the read. However, I am left knowing a great deal more about the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Travis Reno | 8/1/2011

    " way way way too much detail for my taste. I got about half-way through and had to bail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 7/27/2011

    " Little too dense for me. I found I had trouble picturing the battles in this audio version. I guess I need maps! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick | 4/25/2011

    " Excellent book especially since I live in west Tennessee. My great great grand father fought under Grant's command. His brother was killed at Vicksburg Mississippi. So it is nice to get a feel for what my ancestors lived through. I also know the area very well. "

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