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4.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 54.64 out of 5 4.64 (11 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: October 2004 ISBN:
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This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

In the West, during the six-month standoff that followed the shock of Murfreesboro in the central theater, one of the most complex and determined sieges of the war has begun. Here, Grant's seven relentless efforts against Vicksburg show Lincoln that he has at last found his killer-general, the man who can face the arithmetic.

With Vicksburg finally under siege, Lee again invades the North. The three-day conflict at Gettysburg receives book-length attention in a masterly treatment of a key great battle, not as legend has it but as it really was, before it became distorted by controversy and overblown by remembered glory. Download and start listening now!

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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.