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4.00042307692308 out of 54.00042307692308 out of 54.00042307692308 out of 54.00042307692308 out of 54.00042307692308 out of 5 4.00 (780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Catton Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Centennial History of the Civil War Trilogy Release Date: November 1981 ISBN: 9781436147057
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In words that weave history into art, Bruce Catton has created a book about the coming of the Civil War that is at once a broad canvas and a revealing close-up. Different from anything he has written before, except in the sheer beauty of its narrative style, The Coming Fury is conceived as classic tragedy; as a series of ever-narrowing circles of choice with fewer and fewer men to make them, enclosing, finally, but two men faced with almost no choice at all.

Through these pages move the men who guided, and who followed, the nation toward conflict: the extremists, the moderates, and those men, great and small, caught in between. Opening with the Democratic convention, Charleston, April, 1850, where an almost festive atmosphere prevailed, it closes with nation torn asunder by the first Battle of Bull Run.

How did it all happen, and why? Was the conflict truly ‘irrepressible’? These are the questions examined in Bruce Catton’s The Coming Fury, a work informed by exhaustive scholarship, comprehensive in outlook, panoramic, yet intensely personal in expression.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A major work by a major writer, a superb re-creation of the twelve crucial months that opened the Civil War.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/17/2014

    " Very well-written introduction to the Civil War. I would highly recommend that the reader completes the series since the books get even better. The third book in the series is exceptional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert "Mac" | 12/7/2013

    " Incredibly detailed history of the civil war, written in the 1950s. Excellent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 11/30/2013

    " This trilogy is among the best Civilo War histories written. Right up there with Shelby Foote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 11/29/2013

    " I became an historian because of Bruce Catton. What more can I say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 11/29/2013

    " Catton does a great job of setting the stage and telling the story as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 11/17/2013

    " First of Bruce Catton's three-book trilogy. A must-read for Civil War buffs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Black | 9/3/2013

    " Catton is no Foote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 5/7/2013

    " Analysis of the events that led to the Civil War by noted historian and author Bruce Catton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan B. | 3/28/2013

    " He writes beautifully about how history happens "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 9/6/2012

    " An excellent start to a Civil War trilogy. Got this series a couple of years ago for Christmas and put it on the shelf because I thought it would be a snooze. Wish I had started reading it sooner now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Graff | 5/5/2012

    " Reviewed under the rubric "The Centennial History of the Civil War" (the three-volume series of which this is the first). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avis Black | 4/21/2012

    " Catton's classic Civil War trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 1/5/2012

    " I thought hthis book was amazing, Extremely readable, very " current" in it's feel, accurate historicak info about the Civil War "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Shearer | 1/5/2012

    " If you want to know the why's of the Civil War, a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 4/1/2011

    " First of Bruce Catton's three-book trilogy. A must-read for Civil War buffs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 1/12/2011

    " Reviewed under the rubric "The Centennial History of the Civil War" (the three-volume series of which this is the first). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 11/2/2009

    " An excellent start to a Civil War trilogy. Got this series a couple of years ago for Christmas and put it on the shelf because I thought it would be a snooze. Wish I had started reading it sooner now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 6/29/2009

    " If you want to know the why's of the Civil War, a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/28/2008

    " Whew, finally finished - admittedly, the amount of time it took me to read this was of my own doing and is not a reflection on the quality of the book.

    Now, if only middle and high schools used these books to teach history... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 1/27/2008

    " This trilogy is among the best Civilo War histories written. Right up there with Shelby Foote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 10/19/2007

    " Very well-written introduction to the Civil War. I would highly recommend that the reader completes the series since the books get even better. The third book in the series is exceptional. "

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About the Author
Author Bruce Catton

Bruce Catton (1899–1978), author and editor, is best known as a Civil War historian. Born in Michigan, he served in the navy and worked for newspapers and the federal government before publishing his first Civil War book, Mr. Lincoln’s Army, at age fifty-one. In 1954, the year he became the editor of American Heritage magazine, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book A Stillness at Appomattox.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.