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William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. He served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861-65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy and criticism for the harshness of the "scorched earth" policies. Military historian Basil Liddell Hart famously ...more
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Steve
May 21, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, Californians
I loved this book, and for a reason I wasn't expecting: Although Sherman is famous for his civil war escapades, especially his march from Atlanta to the sea (destroying lots of Georgia on the way), he also gives a first-hand account of his life in northern California before, during and after the gold rush. Having lived in Silicon Valley for the past 20 years, the places he describes are familiar and the stories interesting. I'm recommending it to friends just for this reason.

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Feb 26, 2016 Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it
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I don't tend to associate military officers with good writing, but Sherman tests my prejudice. He is articulate and funny. His formal dispatches are dry, but thorough. I am sure military historians love them. What I enjoy most are the glimpses of his personal life. He owned businesses in San Francisco and saw the gold rush first hand. He crossed the Panama isthmus on mules four times before the railway was completed, and the canal was only a dream. He was president of a school that eventually be ...more
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Jan 13, 2014 Mark A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I look forward to Volume II. It was fascinating to read the General's words through pivotal times in our history. His account reflects his personality as he strives to give a candid memoir of the experiences he had.
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William Tecumseh Sherman was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. He served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the "scorched earth" policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States. Mi ...more
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