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4.69538461538462 out of 54.69538461538462 out of 54.69538461538462 out of 54.69538461538462 out of 54.69538461538462 out of 5 4.70 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shelby Foote Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781504719742
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The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2 continues one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. Focusing on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume in Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history brings to life some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign.

The word narrative is the key to this book’s extraordinary incandescence and truth: the story is told entirely from the point of view of the people involved. One learns not only what was happening on all fronts but also how the author discovered it during his years of exhaustive research.

This is a must-listen for anyone interested in one of the bloodiest wars in America’s history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first-class novelist.”

    Walker Percy, author of the National Book Award–winning Moviegoer

  • “Though the events of this middle year of the Civil War have been recounted hundreds of times, they have rarely been re-created with such vigor and such picturesque detail.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This, then, is narrative history—a kind of history that goes back to an older literary tradition…The writing is superb…One of the historical and literary achievements of our time.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Gettysburg…is described with such meticulous attention to action, terrain, time, and the characters of the various commanders that I understand, at last, what happened in that battle…Mr. Foote has an acute sense of the relative importance of events and a novelist’s skill in directing the reader’s attention to the men and the episodes that will influence the course of the whole war, without omitting items which are of momentary interest. His organization of facts could hardly be better.”

    Atlantic

  • Finalist for the 1964 National Book Award
  • A National Review: 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 6/15/2010

    " Best Civil War history book I have ever read. Period. Engaging from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 4/21/2010

    " History written by a novelist. A great read, but not necessarily historically trustworthy. Use it as a jumping-off point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 3/9/2010

    " Simply the most phenomenal account of the Civil War in existence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 3/7/2010

    " I must confess. I was rooting for the South in most all of the battles. I also shed a tear when Stonewall Jackson died. Does that make me a bad person? I was really sad and depressed when Lee surrendered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/29/2010

    " Foote's writing really ascends to the heights of American prose in this volume. Last time I read it, by the death of Jackson I was convinced that this really was the American Illiad. Very few books have enthralled me at the level this book does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 9/15/2008

    " Like the war, this three volume series drags in the middle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 7/30/2008

    " I read this entire three volume epic after watching the PBS special on TV about the Civil War and saw Shelby Foote quoted so much. This gives a pretty full account of the war. Not exactly light reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Srochat | 5/9/2008

    " Continues the story begun in Vol. 1, taking it to late 1863-early 1864, including an extensive treatment of Gettysburg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/19/2008

    " Shelby Foote's 3 volume narrative of the Civil War is great for anyone who is very interested in the Civil War. I emphasize very interested because each volume is over a 1000 pages. Foote was featured in Ken Burn's Civil War on PBS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/9/2007

    " Great book! I have been mesmerized. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/8/2007

    " Nothing can beat Shelby's Civil War history. "

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About the Author
Author Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote (1916–2005) was an American historian and novelist who came from a long line of Mississippians. After attending the University of North Carolina, he served in World War II as a captain of field artillery in the European theater. He wrote six novels and was awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships in the twenty-year course of writing his monumental three-volume history, The Civil War: A Narrative.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.