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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Winston Groom Narrator: Eric G. Dove Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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SHILOH, 1862 - The Battle of Shiloh, fought in the wilderness of southern Tennessee in April 1862, marked a violent crossroads in the Civil War. What began as a surprise attack by Confederate troops on a Union stronghold to gain control of the Mississippi River Valley became a bloody two-day conflict that would eerily foretell the brutal reality of the next three years. Pitting up-and-coming Union general Ulysses S. Grant against Confederate firebrand Albert Sidney Johnston, the engagement was a perfect storm of advanced weaponry, a West Point - educated officer corps, and a decades-long buildup of hatred that bore devastating consequences. One hundred thousand soldiers clashed in the vicious melee, and losses for both sides totaled nearly 24,000, more than had been lost during the American Revolution and the War of 1812 combined. Bestselling author and Civil War historian Winston Groom skillfully re-creates the drama of the event in a gripping, eye-opening, and heartrending narrative that highlights the major personalities, politics, and mind-set of the day. But perhaps the most alarming outcome, Groom poignantly reveals, was the realization that for all its horror, the Battle of Shiloh had not vanquished the Rebel army in the West, and the thousands of maimed and slain were merely wretched symbols of things to come.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent book of a Civil War battle I knew very little about. The author's first book, Vicksburg 1863 was outstanding and in his second book Shiloh 1862, He didn't disappoint. The battle of Shiloh had the most casualties-23,741 combined. 1,754 Union dead, 8,408 wounded, and 2,885 missing or captured. Totaling 13,047 on the Union side. The Confederate casualties were 1,723 killed, 8,012 wounded, and 959 missing or captured. Totaling 10,694. That was more in a single battle than all of America's previous wars-The American Revolution, The War of 1812, and the Mexican War combined. Ulysses S. Grant was the Union commander during this time. What was also fascinating was the artillery that was used during this time as well. Highly Recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty | 2/10/2014

    " Shiloh 1862 is a good, relatively light introduction to the devastating Civil War battle of April 1862. Groom uses anecdotes, individual family expriences, and narrative history to flesh-out the events of the 2-day battle-- as well as those preceding and following the aftermath. He manages to convey the confusion of those days particularly well, when the ordered columns and text-book theories of "how a battle should be fought" were thrown to the four winds. The descriptions of the geography and its relevance to events is explained very well. All of the major players and their personalities are included and presented with interesting detail, especially Grant, Sherman, Beauregard, Forrest and the other men responsible for unleashing hell in the south-west corner of Tennessee. A very good book for the novice with little detailed knowledge of the battle. This is not a battlefield guide with descriptions of each regiment or brigade committed to action in those two days. The book does place Shiloh in the context of the greater war, stressing its impact and meaning on the events which followed, especially in the Western Theater of operations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 2/6/2014

    " This book's author also wrote the book "Forrest Gump" so it reads smoothly. He uses a lot of civilian stories to make it more than just a boring history book. Although like 80% of the book covers the first days fighting, and then the second days fighting only gets a partial chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 1/13/2014

    " The human experience, imagination, and language is not sufficient to describe for others what it must be like to be in battle. Winston Groom comes as close as possible in his history of the battle of Shiloh. The book appears to be well researched yet reads like an action novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/13/2014

    " Read the reviews others have written. They say it all. This is a very book with an excellent approach to bring the reader along to the first day of the battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 12/14/2013

    " For Civil War geeks like me. A very readable description of the first major battle of the civil war which was a prelude for what was to come. Very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 11/3/2013

    " This is a very interesting book. The author uses journals of many of the men who were there to tell the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra Hennessey | 10/25/2013

    " Great entry level civil war book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayelet | 10/12/2013

    " Thoroughly researched but jumps around a lot, which can make it a little hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Nelson | 10/4/2013

    " Personal experiences make the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erv | 7/18/2013

    " The maps and diagrams help to make the battlefield understandable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Mccutcheon | 6/6/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed the book. A mix of serious battlefield and military discussion, interesting personal and narrative anecdotes, and quality analysis of the underlying political issues, particularly among the Union generals. The portrayals of Grant and Sherman were very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 5/14/2013

    " A Well written account of the battle with comments from people who were there. In most cases the past, future and relationships of those participants are given. It gives a wider view of the period and the effects of the conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Manuel | 4/4/2013

    " A great "entry-level" book on Shiloh, but veteran Civil War readers will enjoy it as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew | 7/18/2012

    " This was the second book have read by Winston Groom. I have enjoyed both books. Mr. Groom has a knack of making history easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 4/1/2012

    " One of the best books on the Civil War that I have ever read. Groom does an excellent job of describing the Battle of Shiloh in great detail while weaving in numerous firsthand accounts of the fighting. I look forward to reading Groom's other Civil War books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Nellis | 3/29/2012

    " An excellant narrative history of the 1862 battle of Shiloh. I really enjoy reading Mr. Groom's history titles. This book is not to detailed; but still is very informative about the battle. A very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 3/24/2012

    " Enjoyable, but meandering account of not just the battle of Shiloh, but the entire campaign. Fails to capture the drama and tension of the battle, especially the fight at the Hornet's Nest, but does deliver an general overall understanding of the battle. "

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About the Author
Author Winston Groom

Winston Groom, a bestselling author, wrote the acclaimed Vietnam War novel Better Times Than These, the prizewinning As Summers Die, Gone the Sun, and Only. He coauthored Conversations with the Enemy, which was nominated for a 1984 Pulitzer Prize. His best known works are the #1 New York Times bestsellers Forrest Gump and Gumpisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump. The phenomenal hit film Forrest Gump garnered six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Groom is also the author of Shrouds of Glory, an account of Confederate General John Bell Hood’s decisive actions in the lost great campaign of the Civil War. He lives in Point Clear, Alabama.

About the Narrator

Eric G. Dove is a multiple Earphones Award–winning narrator, and his credits include more than 100 audiobooks. He is also an accomplished musician and a budding author, who published Ghosts of Royston in 2013. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.