Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War Audiobook, by Herman Hattaway Play Audiobook Sample

Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War Audiobook

Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War Audiobook, by Herman Hattaway Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2007 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483054759

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Longest Chapter Length:

69:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:43 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

37:36 minutes

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Publisher Description

Shades of Blue and Gray places the 1861–1865 conflict within the broad context of evolving warfare. Emphasizing technology and its significant impact, Hattaway includes valuable material on land and sea mines, minesweepers, hand grenades, automatic weapons, the Confederate submarine, and balloons. The evolution of professionalism in the American military serves as an important connective theme throughout. Hattaway extrapolates from recent works by revisionists William Skelton and Roy Roberts to illustrate convincingly that the development of military professionalism is not entirely a post–Civil War phenomenon.

Informative and clearly written, enhanced by graceful prose and colorful anecdotes, Shades of Blue and Gray will appeal to all listeners.

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"I liked it. A concise and fun-to-read (for serious) military history of the American Civil War. "

— Steve (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “Well organized and well-written…offers asides that may surprise even seasoned Civil War buffs.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Those searching for a clear, persuasive introduction to the way in which battle shaped new strategies and a new idea of war could find no better or more compelling guide.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “There is no other one-volume history of the Civil War that is so up-to-date in its author’s mastery of current scholarship, that so succinctly yet completely summarizes the military history of the war…Anything Herman Hattaway says on the Civil War has to be taken seriously.”

    — Russell Weigley
  • “The best brief military history of the Civil War available. Wonderfully clear and concise.”

    — George Rable

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About Herman Hattaway

Herman Hattaway is Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Why the South Lost the Civil War, How the North Won, and General Stephen D. Lee, all past selections of the History Book Club.

About Lloyd James

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.