This Mighty Scourge

Perspectives on the Civil War
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Author(s): James M. McPherson
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Jul 30, 2008
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.80 hours)
Product Number: Z100094225
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481583374
Narrator/s: Barrett Whitener
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Description

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. Now, in this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the most enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.

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Author(s): James M. McPherson
Narrator(s): Barrett Whitener
Genre: History
Product Number DD1810
Released: Jan 01, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781433246715

Professional reviews

"The book's common thread wraps around the Civil War, and arises from a compilation of 16 essays with related perspectives. Since the audio doesn't explain this theme, avoidable confusion results. The characters include Harriet Tubman, James Brown, and Jesse James, as well as numerous generals and politicians. Narrator Barrett Whitener doesn't create unique voices for them, but rather inflects his speech slightly or adds a quick pause to indicate it's not the author talking. Because of the lack of historical organization, Whitener's taciturn narration establishes and maintains the primary focus for listeners' attention. With no maps, no pictures, and no background for the many battles, beginners to this period of U.S. history may falter in listening to this. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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