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

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

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

This final volume of Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history of the Civil War brings to life the military endgame, the surrender at Appomattox, and the tragic dénouement of the war—the assassination of President Lincoln.
 
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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
 
“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
 
“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. . . . Written in the tradition of the great historian-artists—Gibbon, Prescott, Napier, Freeman—it stands alongside the work of the best of them.” —The New Republic
 
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307744692
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Series: Vintage Civil War Library
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1120
Sales rank: 83,176
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Shelby Foote was an American historian and novelist.  He 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 PBS documentary, "The Civil War". 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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The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
anonymous10TX More than 1 year ago
This Civil War Trilogy by Shelby Foote is a must-read for anyone who has more than a light interest in the Civil War. I have read all three volumes and I am going back to read the parts I highlighted. Much of the books cover military events, which I found fascinating even though I have never thought about that topic. The books give amazing details of the battles, and of the thinking of people involved in fighting this War. The books are written in a style that is very easy to read. There were many night I went to bed late because I could not stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Wonderful read! Splendidly detailed without be boring. I learned a lot from these three volumes.
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