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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Slp Har/Pa edition (23 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679643702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679643708
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 16.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although he now makes his home in Memphis, Tennessee, Shelby Foote comes from a long line of Mississippians. He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended school there until he entered the University of North Carolina. During the Second World War, he served in Europe as a captain of field artillery. He has written six novels: Tournament, Follow Me Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh, Jordan County and September, September. While writing The Civil War: A Narrative he was awarded three Guggenheim fellowships. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ron Watson on 9 Jun. 2011
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A little over a year ago I finally decided to act upon what I saw was a glaring omission in my historical knowledge, namely the U.S Civil War; problem being, where to begin - there are thousands of books written about this appalling episode with more hitting the bookshelves every week?

Using Amazon and Civil War websites as my main sources, I finally decided to start with the Shelby Foote magnum opus 'The American Civil War - A narrative'; well - and to cut a long story short - a year later I finally stood with Grant and Lee in that small Appomatox courthouse and I felt like I had been put through an emotional 'wringer' - thats how powerful this book was and the effect it had on me.
Almost on the day, I finished that personal 'journey' I then saw that the book was being re-issued, and this time in a fine hardback edition to mark the 150 year anniversary of that fateful shot at Fort Sumter it was an easy decision to make, I sold my paperback version and ordered the new one as a present to myself.

For anyone searching for specific detail on the 'narrative' itself, there are many reviews elsewhere and they describe its power and prose in a much more eloquent style than I could possibly achieve; this review is simply about the new edition which I can highly recommend. Yes its a little 'pricey' but the way I figured it I want to read this book over and over and If this edition can stand up to that use then it is a 'snip' at the price.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bailey on 4 Dec. 2002
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I have yet to finish reading this marathon work, but I can honestly say that it is the greatest work of historical literature that I have yet read.
Firstly, the author shows an encyclopaedic grasp of the facts of history together with an intuitive and almost uncanny sense of their significance in relation to the unfolding story.
Secondly, his literary skills give even his vast factual knowledge a run for their money. This is no mere recitative of dry facts, but a perfectly paced and dramatically structured narrative, in which different literary genres such as biography and story-telling are seamlessly interwoven.
Thirdly, he has a rare gift for being judgmental without being partisan. He is not afraid to find good and bad on either side of the conflict; in fact he is not even afraid to find a cocktail of good and bad in individuals whom history slots
entirely into one moral category or the other.
Fourthly (and this is more subjective), this is so enjoyable as a read. The author's own exuberant fascination with the period, and the intensity of his admiration or scorn for the various personages involved on either side of the conflict, are communicated to the reader.
If you know nothing at all about the Civil War, you could find this sheer size of this work a bit daunting; more seriously, you could lose the bigger picture in the sheer wealth of fascinating detail. In that case, James McPherson's extraordinarily brilliant overview ("The Battle Cry of Freedom") could be a better place to start. However, if you want something really substantial to keep you engrossed on that coast-to-coast wagon-train journey, this is unreservedly recommended for beginner or Civil War enthusiast alike.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Tomkinson on 12 Jan. 2012
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Many will remember Shelby Foote from the famous documentary series on the Civil War.

He spoke then with the authority of someone fully versed in his subject, compassionate and with his beautiful voice.

This boxed set of his magnus opus on the Civil War reads in the same way. It is not often you can say a work of this staggering magnitude could possibly be beautifully written until you read it.

Not one word is superfluous, not one description lacking. It flows over you taking you from the early lives of the 2 main political protagonists and then on from Fort Sumpter to Appomattox Courthouse and beyond.

It is a tour de force and a masterpiece. If you have any interest in history, the Civil War or just how to write then read this.

You will not be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2000
Format: Paperback
After the defeats at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, The South's hardest tests are still to come. As Grant takes on Lee in Virginia, Sherman attacks Johnson in Georgia as the war moves from Napolionic to a prequel of the trench warfare of World War One. Foote's eye for detail and keen storytelling takes the reader from the Red River of Texas to the swamps of Florida and the woods of the Wilderness. You'll want to read it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tom bosley on 15 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I first read this trilogy around fifteen years ago, then returned to it a few years ago, both times I was mesmerised. It takes great skill to tell such an expansive story, keeping it historically accurate, keeping all the theatres of war and politics alive, and yet still gripping. Its how you wish all history books were. I can't recommend it enough,I look forward to returning to it again soon.
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