Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

by Robert L. O'Connell

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Overview

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • William Tecumseh Sherman was more than just one of our greatest generals. Fierce Patriot is a bold, revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact on the American landscape—and the American character.
 
America’s first “celebrity” general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces. Some were exalted in the public eye, others known only to his intimates. In this bold, revisionist portrait, Robert L. O’Connell captures the man in full for the first time. From his early exploits in Florida, through his brilliant but tempestuous generalship during the Civil War, to his postwar career as a key player in the building of the transcontinental railroad, Sherman was, as O’Connell puts it, the “human embodiment of Manifest Destiny.” Here is Sherman the military strategist, a master of logistics with an uncanny grasp of terrain and brilliant sense of timing. Then there is “Uncle Billy,” Sherman’s public persona, a charismatic hero to his troops and quotable catnip to the newspaper writers of his day. Here, too, is the private Sherman, whose appetite for women, parties, and the high life of the New York theater complicated his already turbulent marriage. Warrior, family man, American icon, William Tecumseh Sherman has finally found a biographer worthy of his protean gifts. A masterful character study whose myriad insights are leavened with its author’s trademark wit, Fierce Patriot will stand as the essential book on Sherman for decades to come.

Praise for Fierce Patriot
 
“A superb examination of the many facets of the iconic Union general.”—General David Petraeus
 
“Sherman’s standing in American history is formidable. . . . It is hard to imagine any other biography capturing it all in such a concise and enlightening fashion.”National Review
 
“A sharply drawn and propulsive march through the tortured psyche of the man.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“[O’Connell’s] narrative of the March to the Sea is perhaps the best I have ever read.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
 
“A surprising, clever, wise, and powerful book.”—Evan Thomas, author of Ike’s Bluff

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812982121
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 452,919
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert L. O’Connell received a Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia, and spent thirty years as a senior analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center. He is presently a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, and was a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic; Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; and Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the Present.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I The Military Strategist

Chapter I Tyro 3

Chapter II The Golden State 28

Chapter III Into the Gloom 53

Chapter IV The Black Hole 73

Chapter V Swamped 106

Chapter VI Atlanta 131

Chapter VII The March 150

Chapter VIII Bands of Steel 187

Part II The General and His Army

Chapter IX The Boys 213

Chapter X Road Warriors 244

Part III The Man and His Families

Chapter XI Cump 271

Chapter XII Big Time 310

Authors Note: Visit to the General 349

Acknowledgments 353

Notes 355

Index 385

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