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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns Narrator: Ken Burns Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9780451483836
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“The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things…It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads: the suffering, the enormous tragedy of the whole thing.”—Shelby Foote, from The Civil War

When the illustrated edition of The Civil War was first published, the New York Times hailed it as “a treasure for the eye and mind.” Now Geoffrey Ward’s magisterial work of history is available in a text-only edition that interweaves the author’s narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through the cataclysmic trial of our nationhood: not just Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Robert E. Lee, but genteel Southern ladies and escaped slaves, cavalry officers and common foot soldiers who fought in Yankee blue and Rebel gray.

The Civil War also includes essays by our most distinguished historians of the era: Don E. Fehrenbacher, on the war’s origins; Barbara J. Fields, on the freeing of the slaves; Shelby Foote, on the war’s soldiers and commanders; James M. McPherson, on the political dimensions of the struggle; and C. Vann Woodward, assessing the America that emerged from the war’s ashes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • An absorbing experience... A fine work of scholarship. Boston Globe
  • "Succeeds in evoking both the grandeur of the war and its basic humanity. Chicago Tribune
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About the Author
Author Geoffrey C. Ward

Geoffrey C. Ward, historian and screenwriter, is the author of nineteen books, including A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Francis Parkman Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has written or cowritten many documentary films, including The War, The Civil War, Baseball, The West, Mark Twain, Not for Ourselves Alone, and Jazz.

About the Narrator

Ken Burns is an American director and producer of documentary films, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs. His documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards, and have won Emmy Awards, among other honors.