Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 Audiobook, by Eric Foner Play Audiobook Sample

Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 Audiobook

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Read By: Norman Dietz Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 20.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 15.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 1998 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781504739863

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Longest Chapter Length:

148:51 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:16 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

92:13 minutes

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Publisher Description

The period following the Civil War was one of the most controversial eras in American history. This comprehensive account of the period captures the drama of those turbulent years that played such an important role in shaping modern America.

Eric Foner brilliantly chronicles how Americans, black and white, responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the Civil War and the end of slavery. He provides fresh insights on a host of other issues, including,

  • The ways in which the emancipated slave’s quest for economic autonomy and equal citizenship shaped the political agenda of Reconstruction;
  • The remodeling of Southern society and the place of planters, merchants, and small farmers within it;
  • The evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations;
  • Abraham Lincoln’s attitude toward Reconstruction;
  • The role of “carpet-baggers” and “scalawags;” and
  • The role of violence in the period.

This “smart book of enormous strengths” (Boston Globe) has become the classic work on the wrenching post–Civil War period, an era whose legacy reverberates in the United States to this day.

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“A heroic synthesis that should dominate the field…It gives nearly equal time to all the protagonists in the Reconstruction drama and recognizes how inextricably economic, political, social, and ideological issues are bound.”

— Washington Post Book World 


  • “[A] splendid book…a compelling narrative…With this book, Mr. Foner becomes the preeminent historian of Reconstruction.”

    — New York Times
  • “Eric Foner…has written the Reconstruction book for our times. Monumental in scope, ranging over the North as well as the South…a feat of research and synthesis.”

    — The Nation
  • “Long, brilliant, and stylish…[Reconstruction] is of signal importance…the most comprehensive and convincing account of the effort to build a racially democratic and just society from the fiery ruins of slavery.”

    — Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • “This is history written on a grand scale, a masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history.”

    — New Republic
  • “Reconstruction will certainly be the standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future. And with its publication, Eric Foner has emerged as the preeminent American historian of his generation.”

    — Civil War News
  • “This invaluable, definitive history re-creates the post-Civil War period as a pivotal drama in which ordinary people get equal billing with politicians and wheelers and dealers.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • Winner of the 1988 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History
  • Winner of the 1989 Parkman Prize
  • Winner of the 1989 Bancroft Prize
  • Finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Finalist for the 1988 National Book Award
  • Finalist for the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award
  • A PBS Pick of Books about Reconstruction
  • New York Times Pick of Books to Help You Grasp How We Got to This Moment

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About Eric Foner

Eric Foner is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War and Reconstruction, including the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. He is the 2020 recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for lifetime achievement. He is DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University.

About Norman Dietz

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife, Sandra, transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.