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Author: Don H. Doyle Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781490647616
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When Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, he realized that the Civil War had taken on a wider significance-that in Europe and Latin America people were watching to see whether the democratic experiment in "government by the people" would "perish from the earth." In The Cause of All Nations, distinguished historian Don H. Doyle explains that the Civil War was more than an internal American conflict; it was a struggle that spanned the Atlantic Ocean. This book follows the agents of the North and South who went abroad to tell the world what they were fighting for, and the foreign politicians, journalists, and intellectuals who told America and the world what they thought this war was really about-or ought to be about. Foreigners looked upon the American contest as an epic battle in a grand historic struggle that would decide the fate of democracy as well as slavery for generations to come. A bold account of the international dimensions of America's defining conflict, The Cause of All Nations frames the Civil War as a crucial turning point in the global struggle over the future of democracy. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Doyle goes beyond conventional diplomatic history to shed much new light on what he calls history’s first ‘deliberate, sustained, state-sponsored’ campaign to shape foreign public opinion.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Enlightening and compellingly written…More than any previous study, it tells the story of how America’s civil war was perceived, debated, and reacted to abroad and how that reaction shaped the course of the war at home.”

    Economist

  • “A major contribution to the history of the American Civil War…A timely reminder of the benefits of looking outwards, to Europe and the world at large.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A lively and entertaining new history….For Civil War buffs, reading the book is like arriving at your favorite restaurant from the street you never take; you know exactly where you are, but nothing looks quite the same from this angle…[Doyle] similarly succeeds in telling a story that is both familiar and wholly original.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Doyle has written the definitive transnational account of the American Civil War and at the same time has given much food for thought to both American historians and historians of nineteenth-century Europe on a myriad of possibilities for further exploration of the connections and comparisons between the 1860s Old and New Worlds.”

    Civil War Book Review

  • “Provides some novel insights about this most chronicled of conflicts…. An important—even necessary—addition to the groaning shelves of Civil War volumes.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Adam Grupper’s expressive voice and energetic delivery work well for this account of the political battle that waged between the Federal and Confederate governments during the Civil War…His delivery is clear, and…he ably reads foreign phrases (mostly French). Overall, this production is a good match of text and voice.”

    AudioFile

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 in Nonfiction

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About the Author

Don H. Doyle is the McCausland professor of history at the University of South Carolina and the author of several books, including Faulkner’s County and Nations Divided.

About the Narrator

Adam Grupper, award-winning narrator, has garnered honors from AudioFile magazine, Publishers Weekly, iTunes, the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, and the Audio Publishers Association. He has been in eleven Broadway productions, including the acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof. His film and television credits include The Rebound, Homeland, Master of None, Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice, Elementary, and Allegiance.