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. Download and start listening now!