The Coming Fury: The Centennial History of the Civil War Series, Volume 1 (The Centennial History of the Civil War #1)
The New York Times hails this trilogy as "one of the greatest historical accomplishments of our time." With stunning detail and insights, America's foremost Civil War historian recreates the war from its opening months to its final, bloody end. Each volume delivers a complete listening experience. The Coming Fury (Vol. 1): From the split Democratic Convention in the spring...more
This book covers 1860 and 1861, from the Democratic Party convention in Charleston that tries (and fails) to nominate a candidate for the presidency through Bull Run, the battle that solidified the idea that the war would be neither short nor easy.
This book was written in the 1960s; this is actually the first part of the Centenial history of the war and Ca ...more
The opening scene tells the story of the contentious atmosphere of the Democratic National Convention in Charleston in April of 1860 that ended up without a nominee. Subsequently, the party split into separate factions, each holding a separate convention that nominated its own candidate ...more
I was in the first grade when this was published, and so naturally I missed it at the time. My attention was drawn to it as one of the few secondary sources to be referenced more than once in McPherson's historical writing. I tracked it down at my favorite used book store last summer and brought home the whole trilogy.
The first big, beefy hardcover book is almost entirely devoted to the events that led up to the American Civil War. Those of us living in the US are so accustomed to a ...more
learned alot about some incidents i knew relatively little about, such as the multiple democratic conventions, the long run-up to sumter attack with aborted attacks/threats/political maneuvering/conflicting and late orders, peaceful evacuation of texas
intriguing that catton seems to make douglas out as one of the be ...more
Unusually among Civil War histories, Catton starts his narrative with the Democratic Party Convention of 1860: the Southern states walked out of the convention over slavery, splitting the party and -- implicitly -- committing themselves to walk out of the Union.
Opening Chapter 3, Catton describes how, in 1860, "every piece of the intricate machiner ...more
An education to say the least. Written in early 60's so sometimes heavy reading, and having an old copy, the font was small. Funny I thought I was so dang smart and knew about the civil war! I don't know jack! Cool to hear perspective of dr catton and views/research of late 50's/ early 60's. Book ends at first major battle- first manassas/ bull run. A confederate victory that taught the north that this wasn't gonna be a one day drop the plow kick confederate ass then return. No, this overhauled ...more
loved this book. very well paced and i appreciated the attention paid by catton to fort pickens in pensacola. the way he analyzed its fate relative to sumter was a nice touch. catton has a way of analyzing broadly, yet clearly, the political and regional mood swings throughout the south leading up to its complete secession that i think lays a solid foundation for anyone trying to get a handle on how and why the civil war happened. he actually makes reading about pol ...more
Mr. Catton spends most of this volume (the first of a trilogy) bringing to light the events leading up to the war (the first volume ends with First Bull Run) and spends most of his efforts on explaining how we got from the election of 1860 to the fracturing of the Union to shells flying.
No disrespect to the many other C ...more
The author uses an extensive list of sources. Along with the hard news items, he weaves in personal diary entries and letters to let the reader know the thoughts and fears of the people caught up in the events.
There are a few areas that get a bit long w ...more
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about this bloody conflict and its immediate causes.
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