Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

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by Stephen W. Sears
     
 

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The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek. Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as

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The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek. Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Combining brilliant military analysis with narrative history of enormous power, Landscape Turned Red is the definitive work on this climatic and bitter struggle.

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"The best account of the Battle of Antietam." The New York Times Book Review

"A modern classic." The Chicago Tribune

"No other book so vividly depicts that battle, the campaign that preceded it, and the dramatic political events that followed." -- Washington Post Book World The Washington Post

"Authoritative and graceful . . . a first-rate work of history." Newsweek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446355032
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/1985
Pages:
512

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From the Publisher
"The best account of the Battle of Antietam." The New York Times Book Review

"A modern classic." The Chicago Tribune

"No other book so vividly depicts that battle, the campaign that preceded it, and the dramatic political events that followed."—Washington Post Book World The Washington Post

"Authoritative and graceful . . . a first-rate work of history." Newsweek

Meet the Author


STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. A former editor at American Heritage, he lives in Connecticut.

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Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great reference on the Battle of Antiteam. Mr. Sears provides insight on both the Federal and Confederate sides 'leadership, status of the armies' both prior to and after the battle, as well as practically blow-by-blow accounts of the battle. It can be a little overwhelming for readers who are just getting into the subject, but awesome nonetheless.
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Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
Exceedingly well written novel about the battle of Antietam. The book starts by explaining the composition of both armies and the personalities of the important players on both sides. The events leading up to the meeting at Sharpsburg are clearly explained. The majority of the book is spent on the evolution of the battle itself, with interesting and evocative descriptions of the fighting, supplemented by detailed and accurate maps. The book ends with a discussion of the aftermath and significance of the battle. Overall, it is an excellent account of this single but important day of fighting. I visited the battlefield when I was about 2/3 of the way through the story and all of the writing accurately described the actual ground on which the fighting took place - this is an excellent and very readable primer if you're fortunate enough to have an opportunity to visit Antietam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sears scholarship is faultless. His writing style provides a superb narrative. BUT... while he conveys the complexity and confusion of the battlefield extremely well, it is difficult to get a clear understanding of the moves and counter moves without help of some visual aids. There are too few maps and the maps try to account for too long a time span in a single drawing. More maps covering perhaps troop movements hour by hour across the entire battlefield would have been a HUGE help.
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