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Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
When Liddell Hart's Sherman was first published in 1929, it received encomiums such as these:

"A masterly performance . . . one of the most thorougly dignified, one of the most distinguished biographies of the year."--Henry Steele Commager, New York Herald Tribune

"It is not often that one comes upon a biography that is so well done as this book. Nearly every page bears evid
Paperback, 474 pages
Published March 22nd 1993 by Da Capo Press (first published November 30th 1928)
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Ben Bartlett
Apr 17, 2015 Ben Bartlett rated it it was amazing
This classic biography is important in three ways. First, it is simply an excellent portrayal of a great man's life. Second, it is a powerful corrective to the unfair popular perspectives on Sherman that are often taught at the high-school level. And third, it marks the beginning of BH Liddell's developing ideas on strategic concepts like proceeding along the line of least expectation and maintaining flexibility of options. Terrific biography, one of the best I've read.
Not nearly as good as his later works, though I guess the "indirect" approach repeated over and over in Strategy was maybe first hinted at here.

Surprisingly positive view of Hood, everything else I've ever read has him as a grade A scumbag for the smear campaign he ran to get Johnston's job, followed up with the idiocy of attacking an entrenched Thomas. This is not BLH's view: He seemed to think part of the reason Sherman cut loose and lived off the land because Sherman felt Hood was too unpred
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Sep 02, 2013 Karl Schaeffer rated it really liked it
I had some trepidations before starting this book. It was written in 1926. How relevant would it be? Hart's treatise on Sherman stands the test of time. It's a excellent read. Sherman is a kick-ass, righteous dude. This author clearly thinks he's the class of the act of civil war generals. Sherman definitely had the vision of what it would take to vanquish the South (i.e., scorched earth policy). His background in the quartermaster corps gave him the insight to move large bodies of troops with ...more
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Oct 16, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
This was my first book on the civil war, and while it can get dense, the details allow you to follow Sherman on his quest. The way that he divides his army and removes all excess equipment from the troops to continually make them leaner and faster is amazing. His march was a stroke of genius, and his way of picking multiple objectives and moving his army back and forth, see sawing between them to keep the enemy from committing to either was another stroke of genius.

A definite read for one who l
Jun 09, 2016 John rated it really liked it
Sherman is presented as a man who is a flawed hero. He makes both brilliant choices and tragic mistakes. The best example of the respect people had for him was when Joe Johnston, Sherman's opponent on the way to Atlanta, stood with his hat off in the rain as Sherman's funeral. When it was suggested that he put his hat back on Johnston replied, "He would do the same for me." Johnston died shortly afterwards of pneumonia.
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Feb 03, 2016 Jerry Mrizek rated it really liked it
Really did like this book although not as much as Liddell Hart liked Sherman. He ignores some big mistakes that Sherman made during the war. That shouldn't detract from Sherman's accomplishments but they should be acknowledged.
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart usually known before his knighthood as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart was an English soldier, military historian and leading inter-war theorist.
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