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The Civil War by Shelby Foote
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Nov 16, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, canon, bestreads
Read in September, 2008

Foote's 3 volume narrative history of the Civil War is considered the definitive history for a very good reason: it is almost unbelievably complete and, at the same time, wonderfully charactered. Foote finds aspects of personality and upbringing that cast every major figure of the civil war in almost an entirely unique light. Plus his recounting of politics, warfare and national character as all three evolved throughout the course of the war really helps you understand why understanding the civil war is absolutely necessary for understanding modern America. The breadth of Foote's knowledge and the steady hand with which he wielded it are both simply astounding.

Also, you won't hear it in the book on tape, but the man had one of the sweetest voices ever to grace a human being's ear. I never thought I would love the sound of another man's voice, but holy s***, tell me this isn't a voice just MADE to tell stories?
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