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April 1865: The Month That Saved America (Portable Professor Series)
     

April 1865: The Month That Saved America (Portable Professor Series)

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by Jay Winik
 

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PORTABLE PROFESSOR™ is a series of exciting and informative lectures recorded by some of today's most renowned university and college professors. Each course introduces listeners to fascinating, and sometimes startling, insights into the intellectual forces that shape our understanding of the world. Each package includes 14 riveting lectures presented by

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PORTABLE PROFESSOR™ is a series of exciting and informative lectures recorded by some of today's most renowned university and college professors. Each course introduces listeners to fascinating, and sometimes startling, insights into the intellectual forces that shape our understanding of the world. Each package includes 14 riveting lectures presented by notable professors as well as a book-length course guide.

In April 1865, after nearly five years of bitter civil war, Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. Soon after, Richmond lay in ruins, Lincoln had been assassinated, and the terrible war—which had cost some 600,000 American lives—was not yet over. Many of the Confederate commanders still in the field that fateful April were prepared to fight a guerrilla war that might have prolonged the conflict indefinitely. Award-winning author Jay Winik here brings the tension of that pivotal month to life in a riveting series of lectures about the final chapter of the U.S. Civil War.

COURSE LECTURES

  1. A Nation Delayed
  2. The Dilemma: America as Two Nations
  3. The Warrior: Robert E. Lee
  4. The Epic Fall of Richmond
  5. The Chase-Grant Hot on Lee's Heels
  6. The Fateful Decision: Guerrilla War?
  7. U.S. Grant and the Historic Meeting at Appomattox
  8. April l4: Decapitation…and the Great Unraveling?
  9. Abraham Lincoln: On Whom So Much Depends
  10. Post-Assassination: Would it Now All Come Undone?
  11. The Volatile Ones: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Bill Sherman
  12. The Surrender Continues
  13. The Final Obstacles to Reconciliation
  14. What Happened To Make a Nation?

Following a distinguished career in the U.S. government as a national security and foreign policy adviser, Jay Winik is now a senior scholar at the Center for International and Strategic Studies and adjunct professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland. Winik is the author of On the Brink, about the end of the Cold War, as well as the best-selling April 1865: The Month That Saved America, on which this course is based.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760750148
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
05/03/2004
Series:
Portable Professor Series
Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 CD's, 7.51 hrs.
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 2.00(d)

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April 1865: The Month That Saved America 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
zippy995 More than 1 year ago
The first third of the book involves the build-up to "the month", with emphasis on Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee as intelligent, noble, but conflicted Southerners. You learn why the Confederacy formed and why it persisted when the military odds against it became insumountable. This part of the book is a bit sterile and distant, as there are few interpersonal relationships. When the book actually enters April, 1865, the tact of the book changes, with good descriptions of President Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, U.S. Grant, President Johnson, Edwin Stanton, and Charles Sumner. The threats and opportunities for disaster to the Union are well-played, and the intrigue is palpable. This book is heavily referenced, almost 1/6 of the total length of the book. Definitely a book for the history buff rather than general reader, but don't confuse this as dry academics. If you're looking to improve on your high school U.S. history, this is a good "chapter", but also add to it "chapters" on December, 1776; August, 1813; April, 1845; and November, 1963.
Hannibal65 More than 1 year ago
Superb ...This book is not just a great read, but a revelation of the country's most precarious era...April 1865 was definitively "the month the saved America."...Hats off to Mr. Winik.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. I'm a student of history, but not much of a Civil War buff. I thought I knew most of the important information, but this book brought the entire period and people to life for me. This book should become required reading for students of American History.
jweb628 More than 1 year ago
Phenomenal! Reads like a mystery novel, a genuine page turner. While focused on the particular time of April 1865, it really spans the whole of the conflict and it's build up as well. Incredible analysis of critical events and individuals while keeping in touch with the grand flow of forces both social and military. It touched me on a human level and made me gasp, tear up and rejoice. I didn't want it to end. Now I want, no, NEED to learn more about this pivotal time in our country's history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with Jennifer. It should be read by all history students. So, I placed an order for all 60 of my 8th grade students to read the book this coming April for the US History class that I teach. The book is definitely a must read. Enjoyable and enlightening.
RebekahLyn More than 1 year ago
I love history and found this book absolutely refreshing. From the very first sentence I knew this wasn't going to be a dry, boring essay on the Civil War. It brought Lee & Grant to life and kept me captivated throughout. When I finished reading I looked at both generals and Lincoln in a whole new light.
Tim_in_Virginia_Beach More than 1 year ago
I read this book around the time of my first extensive trip to Tennessee's Civil War battlefields. Thought this would be a timely read. Turned out to be even more than I hoped. It taught me new insights into the events and personalities of our country's greatest and costliest (in human lives) struggle. Thanks for a great read! -Tim in Virginia Beach
lovingreaderKJ More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading it, and, JUST like "The Great Upheaval", there is knowledge for the reader on each and every page!! O, that authors like him and David McCullough had come along 30-40 years ago. Keep 'em coming, Mr. Winik!!!!
DannyfromTupelo More than 1 year ago
As a civil war buff I really enjoyed the writer's review of the waning days of the civil war. He also placed some nice mini-biographies in the book of some of the major players discussed in the book. I really didn't learn anything new in the book that I haven't read in a dozen other books, but what makes a book like this worth reading is how the author does a nice job keeping the story flowing so you almost feel you are reading a novel. I almost thought I was reading a David McCullough book and that Mr. Winik is a compliment.
Home_Librarian More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent account of the Civil War. This is thorough and so in depth. The research done is incredible. All students should be given this book to learn what the war was all about and the devastation it caused. The end result is our current country, but the cost was tremendous. Abraham Lincoln was a remarkable President in this time of our history. It's no wonder he is so revered! I recommend this book to anyone that likes history or just wants a good read.
writer-historyreader More than 1 year ago
Well researched, Winik gave us a day by day, and in some cases hour by hour walk through of a critical time in our history. I had not realized some of the ticking time bombs the original Founding Fathers left in their work, but Jay lays it on the line. It could have gone so different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story teller. Mr. Wink makes the people and events come alive. The sub title is apt as the thrust of the story is how lucky the USA is to still be one nation. I will highly recommend the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This title is well written as to how things were during the waning days of the civil war and the days that came after. I found there to be details about the military commanders and political leaders of North and South which I had not known before. If you have an interest in the war between the states and how it all finally ended as well as the concerns that President Lincoln and General Grant had before the Confederate surrender, then this title may be for you. This is a recommended read if your interest lies this way.
scott-daniel More than 1 year ago
Massive disappointment. Mr. Winik seems more interested in playing the role of contrarian than actual documentarian of the topic. He continuously impugns Lincoln as a political opportunist while extolling the virtues of Lee and Johnston as Southern gentlemen. One gets the feeling that if Mr. Winik was born 150 years earlier he would have been a PR flack for the Confederate States of America.
boxes More than 1 year ago
I loved reading and learning from this book. I think it was a very fair approach giving you the point of view from both the north and south. I am so glad I read it.
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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
This book offers some very interesting insight into the most significant month on the civil war. Winik takes you behind the scenes of the great surrenders and gives you a well rounded view of the men involved.
AnnKY More than 1 year ago
A compelling view of U.S. history. Very readable for the general public and historians as well.
Goldensaddlebred More than 1 year ago
Very pleased, book arrived fast and in pristine condition can't get any better than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a day by day account of thirty of the most critical days in American history, culminating in how the Civil War was brought to a successful conclusion. I was truly surprised. Thanks Mr. Winik.
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DavidAL More than 1 year ago
You feel as though you are there with Lee when surrenders. The writing is easy to understand and animated with many new details .
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