The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville


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Originally published: New York: Random House, 1958.

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Jun 29, 2020

Writing style

I know Foote is a prolific writer, and his Civil War books are very popular. I found his writing style annoying and confusing. It is often difficult to determine who he is writing about. I'm going to try Bruce. Catton.

paul b

Oct 6, 2011

amongst the greats

Shelby foote is one of the finest hstorical writers I have read and this book, part one of a massive 3 volume 3000 page work is him at his best. His style is narrative and intimate. small patches of humour are never far from his accounts of what otherwise is a supremely sad part of world history. Altogether he was a brilliant historian and writer my only regret is that I only discovered him after his death. I would love to have known him.
A must for the serious student of the Civil war

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