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To Make Men Free: A Novel Of The Battle Of Antietam

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In the bestselling tradition of "The Killer Angels and "Gods and Generals, Richard Croker has written a vivid, exciting, and realistic novel of one of the most important battles of the Civil War. It was fought on September 17, 1862, at Sharpsburg, Maryland, and in just twelve hours over 22,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded, making the Battle of Anti ...more
Hardcover, 427 pages
Published by William Morrow & Company (first published December 1st 2008)
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Dale
Aug 06, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Civil War buff thoroughly enjoyed it

This sweeping novel, like an epic feature from the 1950s, features a cast of thousands which is both its strength and weakness.

A lot of reviewers complain about the lack of depth in the characters, which is fair to say about the book. Unlike Shaara's The Killer Angels , the gold standard of Civil War fiction, there is not much character development. But, to be fair, Shaara focuses on precious few personalities of the War while Croker includes Lincoln, m
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Valerie
Jul 19, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical fiction of the battle of Antietam - more heavy-duty than "The Killer Angels", this book is recommended more for those with an interest in history than just the average reader. Informative and entertaining, following the footsteps of Michael Shaara in "The Killer Angels", but not at quite the same level.
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For a comprehensive exploration of the Battle of Antietam, which some reviewers claimed was more informative than many nonfiction books on the subject, try Croker’s To Make Men Free . You might especially appreciate the book’s attention to the political implications of this historic battle.
WRH
Mar 17, 2010 WRH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical novel about the Civil War battles of Antietam. The author based the action upon research as to the actual events. He added dialogue which increased the readability. It was informative and entertaining.
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