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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    Great Intro to Catton

    Bruce Catton is still the best writer on the Civil War. His use of language is witty, subtle, and leaves a lasting impression. This book was originally the narrative to accompany the pictures in the gigantic American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War. I got that book at age 12 in 1962, and my son still has it - it got me completely hooked on Catton. Because that book's focus was the pictures, the text is a somewhat superficial treatment of the war. However, Catton still manages to deliver a high-level, remarkably penetrating, and thorough perspective on the causes and effects of the war on the nation, including the political, social, and economic factors as well as the military campaigns. I recently bought the audio book version of this narrative, and found the verbal pictures it created of the scope and sweep of the war to be far more absorbing than the slide show and anecdotal perspective of Ken Burns' Civil War. Get this, in written or audio book form, and get hooked on Catton. Then read his Army of the Potomac trilogy: Mr. Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, and A Stillness at Appomatox. Also read his Civil War trilogy: The Coming Fury, Terrible Swift Sword, and Never Call Retreat. You'll come to appreciate why he is the greatest of the Civil War historians, and that's no mean feat considering that Shelby Foote is part of the competition.

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