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Download The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shelby Foote Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

And perhaps never before have these conflicts been so clearly, so dramatically, and so excitingly presented. The word narrative is the key, not only to this extraordinary book's incandescence, but also to its truth. The story is told entirely from the point of view of the people involved in it. The listener not only learns what was happening in the North and South, on the political, military, diplomatic, and home fronts, he lives through the events as if he were there. This is the way it was, in its entirety, as far as Shelby Foote could discover it during years of exhaustive research. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian Thornton | 2/15/2014

    " Foote's sweeping narrative, comprehensive, soaring, occasionally bogging down in minutiae (part of its overall charm for me- I find stuff like the murder of Big Bill Nelson and his murderer going free and continuing to serve as a general officer in the Union Army for years after his crime fascinating), this is the benchmark by which "epic" nonfiction ought to be measured. Currently at work on volume II! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cannonhistory Potter | 2/12/2014

    " Dense, though if you've seen Ken Burns' Civil War, you know why you should read this...it's the first of a three volume set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Smith | 2/12/2014

    " Ten Years was well worth the wait. I started this book back in Feb 2003 while getting ready to depart to OIF I and finally just finished it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stella | 1/21/2014

    " Tremendously readable. He is more interested in telling a good story than just giving a plain factual account. The size if the three-part series is daunting but the narrative flows well. He is more sympathetic to the South, which is understandable as he is a native Southerner, Mississippi, I believe. You have to wonder how Lincoln or Davis held up for four years, the strain they were under was unbearable. So many deaths, it must have seemed like the flower of America's youth both North and South were being washed away. I read this after MacPherson's more factual, Northern-oriented book, Battlecry of Freedom. I am enjoying the contrast. "

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