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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (602 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Catton Narrator: Nelson Runge Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Centennial History of the Civil War Trilogy Release Date:
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In The Coming Fury, the first volume of this magnificent American Civil War trilogy, Bruce Catton described the forces that combined to tear the United States apart, a portrait of a gathering storm that finally erupted at Bull Run.

Now, in Terrible Swift Sword, he shows how the Union and Confederacy slowly reconciled themselves to all-out war. At the start, there action was sparse, as each side reviewed its position, counting its heads and guns. The North had advantages on both fronts (but not one in General McClellan who is immortalized by excerpts taken directly from his arrogant letters).

The South recognized that it would have to strike hard to win, but it had terrible handicaps (including flintlock rifles that would not fire in the rain). It waited for the inevitable. Gradually, the action changed from small skirmishes to major battles and with it the statures of Lee, Grant, Jefferson Davis, and Sherman emerged. Slowly and inexorably, the conflict changed its nature from an uninspiring police action to a series of bloody clashes for the cause of ending human slavery. It became a war for freedom.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Avis Black | 4/29/2013

    " Catton's classic Civil War trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dick | 4/23/2013

    " Second of Bruce Catton's three-book trilogy. A must-read for Civil War buffs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debbie | 8/27/2012

    " Bruce Catton has written an excellent trilogy on the civil war. He does an amazing job making history come alive and is absolutely captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fredrick Danysh | 2/27/2012

    " Phil Sheridan is not as well known as Grant and Shermand but he destroyed the Confederate breadbasket in the Shenandoah Valley and helped compell Lee's surrender at Apppmattox. "

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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. Born in Michigan, he served in the navy and worked for newspapers and the federal government before publishing his first Civil War book, Mr. Lincoln’s Army, at age fifty-one. In 1954, the year he became the editor of American Heritage magazine, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book A Stillness at Appomattox.