General Sherman's 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War's most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war's swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea. This meticulously researched biography explores Sherman's warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, his strained relationship with his wife, Ellen, and his unassuageable grief over the death of his young son, Willy. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day.
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"McDonough's detailed biography of the iconic American general is given a splendid narration by David Drummond. A complex, brilliant man, Sherman was an energetic and innovative campaigner whose upbringing in the West influenced his perspective on how to wage war. Seeing that one can defeat an enemy by taking away its ability to wage war, Sherman was able to defeat his opponents with fewer casualties than his friend Ulysses S. Grant. Sherman's complex, strained relationship with his wife and aspects of his prewar and postwar life and career are all told in great detail. Drummond's sonorous baritone is a good match of text and voice. His narration is seemingly effortless as he delivers this long work at a consistent pace and with clarity throughout. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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