Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the epic New York Times bestselling account of how Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson became a great and tragic national hero.
Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon—even Robert E. Lee—he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country's greatest military figures. In April 1862, however, he was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. But by June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. Jackson's strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future.
In his "magnificent Rebel Yell…S.C. Gwynne brings Jackson ferociously to life" (New York Newsday) in a swiftly vivid narrative that is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict among historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson's private life and traces Jackson's brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.
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by Thomas J. Stanley
by S.C. Perkins
by S.C. Stephens
by Gwynne Forster
"With his low, resonant voice, Cotter Smith does a fine job narrating this detailed biography of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson. GwynneÕs biography is well researched, giving great insight into Jackson as well as those he interacted with. The authorÕs writing style is easily accessible, and SmithÕs voice and delivery match the text well. The details of JacksonÕs lifeÑhis humble beginnings in the mountains of western Virginia and his proving himself at West Point, Virginia Military Institute, and then in Confederate serviceÑflow smoothly as narrated by Smith. His intonation, pacing, and inflection are spot-on, making this production seem shorter than it actually is. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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