The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox

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"An unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first-class novelist." —Walker Percy

"I have never read a better, more vivid, more understandable account of the savage battling between Grant's and Lee's armies.... Foote stays with the human strife and suffering, and unlike most Southern commentators, he does not take sides. In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail in beauty of language and feeling for the people ...

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Overview

"An unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first-class novelist." —Walker Percy

"I have never read a better, more vivid, more understandable account of the savage battling between Grant's and Lee's armies.... Foote stays with the human strife and suffering, and unlike most Southern commentators, he does not take sides. In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail in beauty of language and feeling for the people involved, this work surpasses anything else on the subject.... It stands alongside the work of the best of them." —New Republic

"Foote is a novelist who temporarily abandoned fiction to apply the novelist's shaping hand to history: his model is not Thucydides but The Iliad, and his story, innocent of notes and formal bibliography, has a literary design. Not by accident...but for cathartic effect is so much space given to the war's unwinding, it's final shudders and convulsions.... To read this chronicle is an awesome and moving experience. History and literature are rarely so thoroughly combined as here; one finishes this volume convinced that no one need undertake this particular enterprise again." —Newsweek

"The most written-about war in history has, with this completion of Shelby Foote's trilogy, been given the epic treatment it deserves." —Providence Journal

Foote's comprehensive history of the Civil War includes three compelling volumes: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian, and Red River to Appomattox.

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"Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters... a stirring and stupendous synthesis of history."

-- Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News

"A grand, sweeping narrative... will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind."

-- Richard N. Current, N.Y. Herald Tribune

The Civil War:

A Narrative

Fredericksburg to Meridian

"This, then, is narrative history -- a kind of history that goes back to an older literary tradition... The writing is superb ... one of the historical and literary achievements of our time."

-- T. Harry Williams, Book World

"The lucidity of the battle narratives, the vigor of the prose, the strong feeling for the men from generals to privates who did the fighting, are all controlled by a constant sense of how it happened and what it was all about. Foote has the novelist's feeling for character and situation, without losing the historian's scrupulous regard for recorded fact. The Civil War is likely to stand unequalled."

-- Walter Millis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394746227
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1986
  • Series: Vintage Civil War Library Series
  • Pages: 1120
  • Sales rank: 152,750
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 2.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelby Foote was born on November 7, 1916 in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended school there until he entered the University of North Carolina. During World War II he served as a captain of field artillery but never saw combat. After World War II he worked briefly for the Associated Press in their New York bureau. In 1953 he moved to Memphis, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Foote was the author of six novels: Tournament, Follow Me Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh, Jordan County, and September, September. He is best remembered for his 3-volume history The Civil War: A Narrative, which took twenty years to complete and resulted in his being a featured expert in Ken Burns' acclaimed Civil War documentary. Over the course of his writing career, Foote was also awarded three Guggenheim fellowships.

Shelby Foote died in 2005 at the age of 88.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Foote Excels -- As Always

    Shelby Foote, with Bruce Caton, sets the bar among Civil War historians. This book is amazingly detailed, yet absolutely NOT tedious or dry. He personalizes history without seeming biased. When it comes to Civil War history, give me Shelby or give me Bruce or give me Mechanics Illustrated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    Just Incredible

    This is the last and largest volume in Shelby Foote¿s narrative history of the Civil War. These books are absolutely outstanding. The book opens with the Red River campaign in 1864 and the defeat of union forces there much to the irritation of General Grant. Grant is a Lieutenant General, commanding all forces of the United States to close out the badly shattered rebellion. Grant marches the Army of the Potomac across the Rapidian in Virgina for a direct assault on Richmond. Although badly outnumbered over 2 to 1, Robert E. Lee demonstrates his tactical genius with a string of defensive holding actions and tactics in a series of battles ending in the famous Cold Harbor slaughter. Grant suffers ungodly casualties, but he never quits. Maneuvering to the south side of the James River, Grant reaches a nine month stalemate with Lee. Sherman is given command of the Armies of the West with the goal of capturing Atlanta and mopping up General Johnston of the CSA. In modern terms, Sherman rocks! And I mean Rocks! He maneuvers his enemy out of his way time and time again avoiding costly head on attacks. Sherman takes Atlanta, assuring Lincoln¿s re-election and the continuance of the war effort. Sherman conducts his infamous march of destruction through Georgia, South Carolina, and into North Carolina. Grant eventually breaks through Lee¿s over stretched works and winds up chasing the Army of Northern Virgina clear to Appomattox Courthouse. You probably know the rest: Lee surrenders, Lincoln is assassinated, and Davis is caught and imprisoned. This book simply tells the history of these times in such an entertaining and engaging way. I can¿t recommend the book enough as a must read for history buffs and casual readers alike. My review does not do credit to these great books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Good, but biased

    This work, along with the two previous books of this trilogy, is informative and well written, yet the author allows his anti-American, pro-confederacy ideals to taint the academic value of this work.

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