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Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Great Read

    This is a terrific read. After reading a great biography of Grant by Jean Edward Smith, I became interested in this much denigrated man. Grant and Sherman details the frienship and great accomplishments of these two complicated men. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    Each knew that the other made him more than what he was

    Compelling, ambitious, moving, and rousing masterpiece of historical storytelling that details the personal and professional events in the lives of the two brilliant Union Generals who cut the Confederacy in half and brought Abraham Lincoln's vision of one united country to fruition. This book is an examination and exploration of the friendship and military partnership between Grant and Sherman and not a historical overview of the entire civil war. The focus is on the relationship. However, all the major figures of the war are here and make appearances:Chamberlain,Custer, Davis, Halleck, Johnston, Lee, Lincoln, Meade, Sheridan, Longstreet and tragically John Wilkes Booth. Grant's brilliance as a General can best be summed up by a Longstreet quote which offered 'We must make up our minds to get into line of battle and stay there, for Grant will fight us every day and every hour till the end of this war.' Sherman's tenacity + fire is best described by his comment 'War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.' Of both men, I think Sherman's comment in 1885 after Grant's death, puts the lives and achievements of both men, I think, in proper perspective. 'It will be a thousand years before his character is fully appreciated.' Amen, Sherman, Amen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Decent for beginners, not for serious Civil War buffs

    I was given this book as a gift and had mixed feelings about it. On the plus side, it provided a decent overview of the War in the West and the Overland Campaign, two major parts of the war which I am only partially acquainted with. However, the book suffers from over- reliance on anecdotes and not enough hard research, meaning that it does not break any new ground. The lack of proper notation is frustrating for serious history readers, and I can only assume is meant to cover up the author's over-reliance on secondary sources. If you are looking for an introduction to the topic and have never read a book on the Civil War before, this may be for you, but for serious readers I would advise reading something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Hype or History?

    A good concept that superficially achieves its objective based primarily on secondary sources, this book leaves a critical historian to wonder about facts. For example, I would like to know who Commodore Samuel Foote was? I believe the writer meant Commodore Andrew Hull Foote. Less obvious errors, such as 'east' when 'west' was meant, cloud the narrative. However, this book is very readable as popular history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War

    I don't read a lot of books on the Civil War but I decided to give this one a try after meeting the author at the Kentucky Book Fair in November and I wasn't disappointed. Grant and Sherman has all the narrative power of a novel and it provides a complete picture of the war, even as it limits its focus to the efforts of Grant and Sherman (Gettysburg gets only passing mention as neither Grant nor Sherman were there, for example). These two unlikely heroes were men of the West who eventually came East to teach the whole of the Union Army how to win the war. I highly recommend this book. It's the perfect last minute stocking stuffer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2005

    excellent work

    I believe that this is one of the best written books I have read thus far this year. Dr. Flood takes a seemingly simple friendship and presents it in such a way as to demonstrate the complexities of human life and how it affects generations to come. The relationship between Grant and Sherman is simplified, if even mentioned, in history books across the nation, yet, Dr. Flood presents it in a beautiful and enlightened manner. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is remotely interested in history, or even everyday relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War

    This book is historical narrative non-fiction at its absolute best. Dr. Flood is a gifted storyteller who stays out of the way of his story that keeps coming at you like a civil war era freight train. The characters are real and I came away loving all of them, warts and all. I kept turning page after page to find out what would happen next, even the parts I already knew. (I kept hoping against hope that Lincoln would not die in the end but--not to give away the ending--he did.) Mersmerizing stuff! Highly recommended!

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