Andersonville

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Acclaimed as the greatest novel ever written about the War Between the States, this searing Pulitzer Prize-winning book captures all the glory and shame of America's most tragic conflict in the vivid, crowded world of Andersonville, and the people who lived outside its barricades. Based on the author's extensive research and nearly twenty-five years in the making, MacKinlay Kantor's bestselling masterwork tells the heartbreaking story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered - and ...
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Overview

Acclaimed as the greatest novel ever written about the War Between the States, this searing Pulitzer Prize-winning book captures all the glory and shame of America's most tragic conflict in the vivid, crowded world of Andersonville, and the people who lived outside its barricades. Based on the author's extensive research and nearly twenty-five years in the making, MacKinlay Kantor's bestselling masterwork tells the heartbreaking story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered - and 14,000 died - and of the people whose lives were changed by the grim camp where the best and the worst of the Civil War came together. Here is the savagery of the camp commandant, the deep compassion of a nearby planter and his gentle daughter, the merging of valor and viciousness within the stockade itself, and the day-to-day fight for survival among the cowards, cutthroats, innocents, and idealists thrown together by the brutal struggle between North and South. A moving portrait of the bravery of people faced with hopeless tragedy, this is the inspiring American classic of an unforgettable period in American history.
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What People Are Saying

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“The greatest of our Civil War novels.” —The New York Times

“No one who reads it will ever forget.” —Christian Science Monitor

“A heartfelt novel...written with truth and power.” —Atlantic Monthly

“The best Civil War novel I have ever read, without question.” —Bruce Catton, Pultizer Prize-winning historian, Chicago Tribune

“Will give Civil War buffs their greatest hour since Gone With the Wind.” —Time

“A great book, perhaps the greatest of all Civil War novels.” —Chicago Sun-Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452269569
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 62,900
  • Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

MACKINLAY KANTOR (1904-1977) was the distinguished author of more than thirty books and numerous screenplays.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Historical Fiction at Its Best

    As I had a great-grandfather who survived Andersonville Prison, I have read just about everything there is to read on the subject. I highly recommend this book. It is well-researched, poignant, and gives an incredibly gripping account of the events there. This novel is clearly deserving of the Pulitzer Prize it received.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    learn about life during the Civil War

    I enjoyed this book because besides telling the story of a Civil War prison camp I had never heard about, it also gave insight into the way people lived in those times and what they had to endure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2009

    best historical fiction EVER

    This is the best historical fiction I've ever read. This is a gripping, beautifully told story by a clear master of the art. The characters are drawn so clearly that the humanity of even to most cowardly and corrupt wring compassion from one.
    I read this straight thru in four days; I literally could not put it down.
    Kantor's descriptions of the horrific conditons at Andersonville defied my ability to look away and gave me nightmares.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    Awesome

    This book is confusing at first because of the lack of quotation marks. Once you get into it it is an awesome book. It is extremely hard to find a lot of information of the actual story. If you have to do a book report over it, make sure you read it beforehand and not on the day before it is due, because there are no spark notes or anything that will help you! (not that i've done this or anything *laughs nervously)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Prison of War Camps

    When I first started reading this book I thought it was going to be drawn out and boring, but when as I kept reading on I couldn't stop. I wanted to know what happened next. This book isn't just a story to entertain you but it is also an educational book and I love to learn about history so I fell in love with it. I would recommend this book to every one and exspecially to history freaks like me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2003

    Worth it's weight in gold

    Well worth the literary time it takes to get through all 700+ pages. The writing style takes a little getting used to, none of the dialogue is in quotation marks. I was disgusted, thrilled, saddened and amused. A gem!

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