The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americansby Charles Royster
From the moment the Civil War began, partisans on both sides were calling not just for victory but for extermination. And both sides found leaders who would oblige. In this vivid and fearfully persuasive book, Charles Royster looks at William Tecumseh Sherman and Stonewall Jackson, the men who came to embody the apocalyptic passions of North and South, and re-creates their characters, their strategies, and the feelings they inspired in their countrymen. At once an incisive dual biography, hypnotically engrossing military history, and a cautionary examination of the American penchant for patriotic bloodshed, The Destructive War is a work of enormous power.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Parts of The Destructive War are as good as anything written...during the last generation...a masterful narrative."
Washington Post Book World
"A fascinating history of the ideas held by the people who fought the war...fresh, intriguing, philosophical." Detroit Free Press
"An illuminating interpretation." Wall Street Journal
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No action here, more like a political science text book used for insomnia. Thought it was going to be a good civil war story but did not hold any of my attention.