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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noah Andre Trudeau Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780061661501
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Award-winning Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau has written a gripping, definitive new account that will stand as the last word on General William Tecumseh Sherman's epic march—a targeted strategy aimed to break not only the Confederate army but an entire society as well. With Lincoln's hard-fought reelection victory in hand, Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union forces, allowed Sherman to lead the largest and riskiest operation of the war. In rich detail, Trudeau explains why General Sherman's name is still anathema below the Mason-Dixon Line, especially in Georgia, where he is remembered as "the one who marched to the sea with death and devastation in his wake."

Sherman's swath of destruction spanned more than sixty miles in width and virtually cut the South in two, badly disabling the flow of supplies to the Confederate army. He led more than 60,000 Union troops to blaze a path from Atlanta to Savannah, ordering his men to burn crops, kill livestock, and decimate everything that fed the Rebel war machine. Grant and Sherman's gamble worked, and the march managed to crush a critical part of the Confederacy and increase the pressure on General Lee, who was already under siege in Virginia.

Told through the intimate and engrossing diaries and letters of Sherman's soldiers and the civilians who suffered in their path, Southern Storm paints a vivid picture of an event that would forever change the course of America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Trudeau succeeds in constructing a seamless historical narrative out of bits and pieces of human memory…And he does so with both a historian’s discipline and a novelist’s eye for the telling detail.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Vivid and fascinating…Trudeau deserves praise for recognizing the need to revisit in detail this seemingly familiar chapter in American history.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Mr. Trudeau’s narrative is peppered with trenchant observations from Sherman, one of history’s more quotable military leaders.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Trudeau has written the most comprehensive single volume on this chapter of the Civil War.” 

    Atlantic Journal-Constitution

  • “A balanced account of the famous—or infamous, depending on your sympathies—campaign that effectively ended the Civil War in the Deep South…Civil War enthusiasts will appreciate Trudeau’s careful attention to detail, while general readers may wish for a more vivid, cut-to-the-chase version of events.” 

    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 Jonathan Schuster | 1/5/2014

    " It was a very interesting and informative book about Sherman's march from Atlanta to Savannah. I would recommend it to anybody interested in the topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Perkins | 12/5/2013

    " Trudeau gives a thorough account of Sherman's march to the sea, using a multitude of primary sources that add rich details and flesh out the truth of this monumental moment of American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian S. Wise | 11/8/2013

    " As far as books about the March through Georgia are concerned, Trudeau's is peerless; it should remain the standard text on the topic for many, many years to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 10/30/2013

    " The book had some interesting points but was also a bit slow, literally going day by day through the campaign. Think I would look for a different book on the topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John E | 10/28/2013

    " Another in Trudeau's excellent studies on the Civil War. Very personal accout of the march through Georgia. I always look forward to his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 3/13/2012

    " Long book, very detailed descriptions of each day of Sherman's march across Georgia. Probably more for the Civil War buff than for the casual reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Sedivy | 7/3/2010

    " A re-counting of the famous Sherman drive to the sea across Georgia. Good writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clay Davis | 6/1/2010

    " A very well written book about the Sherman's March. As well as telling the large Union military operation there are individaul soldier and civilian stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 9/11/2009

    " Very interesting account, but exceedingly dense. I wouldn't recommend this book for the casual Civil War or American history follower. This book requires a dedication to muddle through the day-to-day operations of a running assault, which includes such minutiae as daily accounts of food provisions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Liller | 12/22/2008

    " The definitive and exhaustive book on the subject of Sherman's famous March to the Sea, both in content and page count. Good writing style and good use of maps. "

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About the Author

Noah Andre Trudeau is the author of Gettysburg. He has won the Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt Award and the Jerry Coffey Memorial Prize. A former executive producer at National Public Radio, he lives in Washington, D.C.

About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.