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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (779 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:
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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Laurie | 11/29/2013

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

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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.