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Children's LiteratureIn the annals of the American Civil War, perhaps no other figure elicits such divergent opinions than Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. A strong commander who engineered several critical Federal victories, Sherman was also one of the primary proponents of "destructive war." Sherman's campaigns in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina were an example of 19th century total war. The "March to the Sea" featured significant destruction and dislocation as Sherman's forces burned their way across the heart of the Confederacy. A commander who was responsible for the burning of cities, the dislocation of populations, and the bombardment of civilians Sherman lives on in scorn in the psyche of the South. However, Sherman was also a man who spent a considerable portion of his life living in the American South, a part of the republic that he loved. All in all, Sherman was a complex figure whose contemporaries saw as a contradictory force. In this biography the author adopts a narrative style that includes frequent anecdotes and quotes and readers are afforded a glimpse into not only the military life of General Sherman but also his family. This multi-faceted portrait of Sherman reveals a brilliant man who was dogged by personal idiosyncrasies. In the end, Sherman, like this biography, was a success. 2005, Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck