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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Newt Gingrich Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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With To Make Men Free, New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take listeners to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began.

Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a president who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat.

June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight. The armies of the North are stalled in fetid trenches outside of Richmond and Atlanta, and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln to a second term seems doomed to defeat - a defeat that will set off the call for an end to the conflict, dismembering the Union and continuing slavery.

Only one group of volunteers for the Union cause is still eager for battle. Nearly 200,000 men of color have swarmed the recruiting stations and are being mobilized into regiments known as the USCTs, the United States Colored Troops. General Ambrose Burnside, a hard-luck commander out of favor with his superiors, is one of the few generals eager to bring a division of these new troops into his ranks. He has an ingenious plan to break Fort Pegram, the closest point on the Confederate line, defending Petersburg - the last defense of Richmond - by tunneling forward from the Union position beneath the fort to explode its defenses. Burnside needs the USCTs for one desperate rush that just might bring victory. The risks are high. Will Burnside be allowed to proceed or will interference from on high doom his plan to failure?

The battleground drama unfolds through the eyes of James Reilly - famed artist, correspondent, and friend of Lincoln, who has been employed by the president to be his eyes and ears amongst the men, sending back an honest account o... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 1/14/2014

    " I hadn't read any details of this battle. It was an amazing plot to destroy a fortress and route the Rebel army. Of course, things never go as planned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseanne | 11/22/2013

    " If you are a history junkie, especially about the Civil War you'll love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/11/2013

    " An interesting historical novel of the battle for Petersburg, VA in 1864. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Powers | 5/30/2013

    " Newt (a historian by training) does usual outstanding job with another Civil War historical fiction story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Heyser | 4/29/2013

    " Decent book. It was pretty cool to learn that some of it was actually based on truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Emett | 2/10/2013

    " Would have given it 5 stars, but spelling errors and some grammar issues dropped it to 4 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susy | 1/13/2013

    " Very interesting. The "real" Civil War history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Murphy | 12/3/2012

    " Gripping account of how petty jealousy, fear and one-upsmanship nearly destroyed the Union army in a battle that should have ended the Civil War "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary A. | 11/9/2012

    " There is so much to learn about the Civil War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 5/14/2012

    " Excellent Civil War novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/11/2012

    " Really good and made me go back and read a lot of stuff concerning the rest of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Smith | 3/8/2012

    " Very much enjoyed this book. Hope the authors stick to Civil War and American Rev titles, as I didn't care for their two works on Pearl harbor and aftermath. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 2/16/2012

    " Even if you don't like Newt Gingrich as a politician, as a historian he is spot on. This was a great historical look into the fiasco that was the Battle of the Crater. the Union army was trying to take Petersburg and if Burnside had had the correct equipment, he may have been able to win the war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janschie | 11/22/2011

    " By Newt Gingrich and collaborator. Emphasis on role of African American soldiers and gross stupidy of Union officers - generals. Interesting sub plot of a painter/"spy" and Abe Lincoln. "

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About the Author
Author Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, is coauthor of several bestselling books, including Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8 and Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War. He is a member of the Defense Policy Board and is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course at the United States Air Force’s Air University.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.