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The Civil War by Shelby Foote
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Aug 17, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, american-history, american-civil-war, american-indians, military, politics, 19th-century, favorites
Recommended for: Anyone interested in the American Civil War
Read in August, 1992 — I own a copy

I read this trilogy back in the early 1990s, mostly because I was impressed by Shelby Foote's appearance on the Ken Burns "Civil War miniseries and wanted to get his perspective. It's a great read, but the serious student of the American Civil War should also look elsewhere for some context, perhaps with James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom.

Foote, a Mississippi native, is pro-southern, but not obnoxiously so, in his narrative. The story begins and ends with fellow Mississippian Jefferson Davis. This book was meant to be read out loud.

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