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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (470 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Catton Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Centennial History of the Civil War Trilogy Release Date: December 1965 ISBN: 9781436147033
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The final work in this series begins in December of 1862. Four months before, the Union Army tasted long-awaited victory at the bloody battle of Antietam. Grant continued on towards Vicksburg, Mississippi. The grim battles that lay ahead would be costly: the Vicksburg campaign, Chattanooga, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Atlanta and the March to the Sea, the siege of Petersburg. There would be two and a half more years of war before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, followed by Lincoln’s death just six days later.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “An eloquent ending to one of the great historical accomplishments of our time…[It] will have an enduring place in our national records.”

    New York Times

  • “A distinguished and moving narrative of the last years of the Civil War…Great history written in a grand style…Outstanding.”

    New York Herald

  • “Summons…the urgencies and agonies of battle, the intricate maneuvers of command, the terrible trials of leaders tested by fire, whether at the front or at the capitals…Catton’s hand at the helm of this book is marked by a sureness drawn from the certainty of well-sifted knowledge: he has reviewed and recollected in tranquility all the moves on the board and compassed them, with a superb command, marked by balance and clarity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 10/27/2013

    " Catton's three-volume history of the Civil War is excellent: detailed, nuanced, and highly readable; history written for adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/20/2013

    " Potentially factually thin in a couple of places (George Thomas messing up a map? Really?) and perhaps a little too generous of spirit toward many of the generals, but still an absolutely elegant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 4/18/2013

    " A bit of a slog but I understand much more about the Civil War and especially Lincoln now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/31/2013

    " Only the Gettysburg portion, in preparation for an upcoming trip and because my husband the historian criticized the movie "Gettysburg" as superficial and misleading. However it seemed to me that the film took much of its dialogue straight from Catton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Dannehl | 3/11/2013

    " I was lucky enough to have had several excellent professors who taught Civil War history. I only with Bruce Catton had been one of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 8/27/2012

    " Found his entire series on the ivil War captivating, extremely readable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Graff | 6/24/2012

    " Reviewed under the rubric of The Centennial History of the Civil War of which this is the third of three volumes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 8/14/2011

    " I absolutely loved this series by Catton. He focused more on the political side of the Civil War than on battles, but this perspective explains the big picture better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avis Black | 3/11/2011

    " Catton's classic Civil War trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/20/2011

    " Potentially factually thin in a couple of places (George Thomas messing up a map? Really?) and perhaps a little too generous of spirit toward many of the generals, but still an absolutely elegant read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 1/13/2011

    " Reviewed under the rubric of The Centennial History of the Civil War of which this is the third of three volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 8/5/2009

    " Only the Gettysburg portion, in preparation for an upcoming trip and because my husband the historian criticized the movie "Gettysburg" as superficial and misleading. However it seemed to me that the film took much of its dialogue straight from Catton. "

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About the Author
Author Bruce Catton

Bruce Catton (1899–1978), author and editor, is best known as a Civil War historian. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1954.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.