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"Almost everything in this book is new or in some way ground breaking. It will immediately become the standard study of the ...
"Almost everything in this book is new or in some way ground breaking. It will immediately become the standard study of the campaign. The research is impeccable. A magnificent effort."—William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour and former editor of Civil War Times Illustrated
"This is the fullest and most intelligible study of the Atlanta campaign that we have or are likely ever to have. The writing is lively, the research exhaustive, the interpretations sometimes provocative but always perceptive. This is how military history should be written."—James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War
"Military history at its best by one of America's leading historians of the Civil War. With dramatic flair and authentic detail in a fast-paced and suspenseful narrative, Castel brings the Atlanta campaign to life, penetrating the minds of the commanders as well as the thoughts of the common soldiers."—Robert W. Johannsen, author of Lincoln, the South, and Slavery: The Political Dimension
Author Biography: Albert Castel is widely recognized as one of our most respected historians of the Civil War. His Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 won the prestigious Lincoln Prize and was named one of the 400 Most Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and one of the 100 Best Books on the Civil War by Civil War Magazine. He is also the author of General Sterling Price and the Civil War in the West, Civil War Kansas, and The Presidency of Andrew Johnson.
This first detailed history of the Atlanta Campaign since General Jacob D. Cox's version in 1862, noted historian Castel provides a compelling overview, written in the present tense to give a sense of immediacy and realism, that demonstrates how Sherman's capture of Atlanta occurred and why it assured a Northern victory. Photos. Maps.
Posted July 27, 2005
This book is well written and researched. It reminds me of Larry Daniels' Shiloh in that detail down to regimental and individualm expriences are woven into the bigger picture. To enjoy this book, you better know some of the players already and have a detailed map by your side. The main downfall of this book is the lack of maps unless you like the dog-ear effect on all the map pages as you constantly skip back to them. You will likely have no choice as you try to soak in all the detail, keeping the generals' names and corps positions straight. This just goes to show how much research the author put into this book and why it is such an excellent source. On a parting note, If you are a dyed in the wool Sherman (or Hood) supporter, this book may get you a bit steamed due to some 20/20 hindsight by the author. In spite of this criticism and dearth of visual references I recommend it highly as it is would be hard to improve the research content.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.