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Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  10 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling, celebrated, and award-winning author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes the spellbinding, epic account of the dramatic conclusion of the Civil War.

The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of that era’s most compelling narratives, defining the nation and one of history’s great turning points. Now, S.C. Gwynne
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Christina Dudley
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Another wonderful book from S. C. Gwynne. I knew, from reading EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON 3x that Gwynne is a great storyteller, insightful and even-handed and humorous, even, and these qualities showed up again. (Lincoln's description of Genl Phil Sheridan had me giggling.) If you find all things Civil War fascinating, which I pretty much do, this is more than a worthwhile read.

As the subtitle makes clear, the book covers roughly the last 14 months of the war, kicking off with Grant's arrival i
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Kayla Mckinney
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read this ARC!

Those readers who gravitate toward Civil War history always welcome the sight of a new book about the era – but may also approach said book with considerable wariness, wondering what can be left to say. Happily, S.C. Gwynne’s Hymns of the Republic not only creates new connections between familiar episodes of the struggle but creates them in beautiful and accessible language. Students, especially, will benefi
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Casey Wheeler
As with other books that I have read by the author this one is well written and researched. He takes a very different viewpoint from others that I have read about this same time period during the American Civil War. He chooses to basically state that the well known leaders of the year Grant, Lee, Sherman and Lincoln were all seriously flawed and nowhere near the heroes that they have been presented by others. A reader must remember that this is the author's opinion and reality is most likely som ...more
Geoffrey
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, nonfiction
(Note: I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley)

Admittedly it is difficult to divorce S.C. Gwynne’s newest book from his previous best-selling work. “Empire of the Summer Moon”, which introduced a wide audience to Quannah Parker and the impressive Comanche Empire, was always going to be a difficult act to follow, and Gwynne makes things even more challenging by picking a topic that already has such an extensive amount written upon it. With all that being said, “Hymns of t
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Beattie
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for all history buffs. S.C. Gwynne's latest book gives concise and very interesting details on the events of 1864 in America, the last year of the Civil War.

Gwynne's prose flows terrifically, giving the reader just enough detail to vividly describe each talking point without bogging you down with too many facts. I learned quite a lot from this epic account, and appreciate Gwynne's fairly non-biased view portrayed in his accounts. For that reason, I can accurately say Hymn
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Ethan
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-history
A highly readable, highly engaging narrative regarding the Civil War from April of 1864 to April of 1865, focusing prominently on the stories of the major players involved.

The author begins by framing the scene based on all that had happened beforehand: Union superiority in resources, Confederate superiority in tactics and leadership. The author describes U.S. Grant, Clara Barton, Robert E. Lee, and William Tecumseh Sherman in detail. The author describes Grant's overall military str
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David
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gwynne covers the last year of the Civil War in a fast paced and very readable book that is hard to put down. Each of the 23 chapters covers a person or event. He doesn’t try to give a chronological narrative, but allows the story to be told through mini biographies of the main characters of history.
Why another history of the Civil War. The appendix is 10% of the book and includes hundreds of references. (I didn’t take the time to count them, but it is voluminous.) Gwynne has accomplished what
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Brent
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all readers interested in history and America
Recommended to Brent by: the publisher
Shelves: civil-war, history, war
Hymns of the Republic is a compulsively readable updated history of the end of the American Civil War. In fact, to tell the last year of conflict, the author must jump back and forth in time to more fully portray the participants. So, it's more than military history, but a successful portrayal of many stories in brief, including black troops, Clara Barton, and, finally, Andersonville prison. The author will appear this Tuesday, nearby at Atlanta History Center. Here's the link from their website ...more
Henry
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gwynne's best story-telling is what keeps the book moving. It's easy for a book on this subject to get clunky --it's all been said before when it comes to the Civil War-- but Gwynne pieces it all together. The book features some new perspectives, some debunking of old notions, and, judging by the notes, is well-researched. He gives the reader an excellent feel for the despair, impatience and war-weariness on both sides, in all factions as the war just dangled unresolved and began to influence th ...more
Heather Bennett
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hymns of the Republic is a great book and gives us new incites to a subject that has many books on it. The author has done a lot of research and is a fabulous historical writer.
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