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For a person seeking a single volume to serve as a captivating introduction and a dependable guide through all the maze of battles and issues of the Civil War, this is an audiobook without parallel. Bruce Catton understood the Civil War - its participants and battles - and he unfolds it with skill and simplicity. Of all historians past and present, Bruce Catton ranks among the best.
©1960 by American Heritage, Inc. (P)1991 by Blackstone Audiobooks

"[The Civil War] is everything we have come to expect from the practiced hand of Bruce Catton: scholarly, judicious, clear, and unfailingly interesting. It would be difficult to find a better introduction to the Civil War than this book.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Keith
  • 11/08/2003

The American Civil War

Having visited the Civil War battle ground to the NE of Atlanta on my last visit to the States I thought I could learn more through this book.

I found the information contained within to be excellent and very thorough, spoiled only by an inferior sound quality that at times had an incredible amount of low frequency bass boost.

If you are able to put up with this annoying inconvenience, the listener is well rewarded.

27 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Grannis
  • 16/09/2004

Great for general interest

This is a very good basic history of the Civil War. I suspect that it would leave most hard-core Civil War buffs a little cold, because it does not contain a lot of blow-by-blow narration of each battle, nor is there minute analysis of the military tactics. One might say that this is the war as Lincoln would have seen it rather than as Grant or McClellan or Lee did.

17 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 16/12/2002

good book, fair sound

The book was great, but I found the sound a bit hard to understand at times (fuzzy). Not one of their better quality recordings. (Listened to the highest quality version on an iPod; never had this problem before.)
The reader also had an unfortunate "professor-like" voice that didn't help.

44 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrea P.
  • 16/08/2009

Excellent overview of the Civil War

This book provides an excellent overview of the Civil War. Adults seeking a relatively quick summary of personalities, battles, and social, economic, and political forces would do well to listen to this book. The pace of the book gives the listener a little taste of everything without dwelling too long on any one event. I was especially thankful that this book did not included detailed battle descriptions (troop movements, charges, etc), though overviews of important battles were included. With regard to the narrator, I think the Audible clip is not representative of the tone he takes through the entire book. I thought the narration was fine if a little lacking in inflection at first. I highly recommend the audio version of this book.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ERIC ZIMMERMAN
  • 20/03/2021

Good beginner civil war book.

While being a real civil war buff. This book tells the story A to Z . It in capsules the war in one book

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas
  • 28/09/2015

Great introduction to the civil war

Much less detailed than the epic tombs from Foote and McPherson, and Catton himself. This is a great macro level overview of the war but I found his more interpretive discussions of the soldier and post war attitude also compelling. The story he weaved was much less technical than other authors.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • John
  • 01/05/2021

A Great Primer. Or a Handy Refresher.

Made up of the introductory essays for each chapter of the American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War, this book presents a brisk, yet thoughtful 30,000-foot overview that’s helpful to both neophytes and nerds.

Neophytes will gain a sure understanding of the fundamental shape of the conflict on all levels—military, political, diplomatic, economic and social. Nerds, who tend to get caught up in minutia, will be reminded afresh of essentials: the symbiotic relationships between slavery and secession, the Eastern and Western Theaters, the battlefield and the ballot box.

Don’t be put off by the minimal quotations and statistics marshalled to support any given statement. Those can be found in Catton’s many other books. This is a magisterial, often deeply meditative summation of the broader conclusions he came to in the course of writing those other books.

Of course, any history published 60 years ago is bound to include judgements eclipsed by more recent scholarship. Joseph Hooker didn’t “lose his nerve” at Chancellorsville, as proven by Catton’s protégé Stephen Sears. Other historians suggest that Sherman’s march through Georgia was “seldom the wanton, wholesale fury” that Catton describes. Still others credit Andrew Johnson with less enthusiasm for Lincoln's Reconstruction plans. But the basics are all here, providing both a solid preliminary grounding in the subject and a springboard to further reading. And Barrett Whitener’s calm, measured performance gives you time to take it all in.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • totallyfrozen
  • 18/04/2021

Good book, mediocre delivery

The account seems detailed enough to provide a novice on the topic, like me, a solid overview of the American civil war.
I first wondered if it was read by one of those software programs that does narration for some YouTube videos. The delivery is very mechanical, dry, and a bit monotone. It was easy to hear and understand. Just seemed to lack any passion, emotion, or personality.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Kittel
  • 18/04/2021

A Good Account of the War.

Enjoyed the clean accurate account of everything in the war. It has a clean story and the Narrative does it credit. All and All it was well done.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joey
  • 24/03/2021

Very well composed

This version has the best of layman's terms of understanding and primary reasons and explanations of The American Civil War.

I throughly enjoyed the narrating and chapters of this book. I strongly recommend to anyone trying to examine the details, especially politics and war strategies of both sides.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ben
  • 14/06/2009

Excellently Read and Well Written

This is a fast paced book that covers all the main areas required to get a good understanding of the military working of the American Civil War. The reader of this book is excellent and it really helps. I listened to it all within a few days and found I retained most the information read to me (a rare treat for me!). If this is your thing, this is your book!

4 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Marcus
  • 27/11/2010

Good short history of the civil war

I enjoyed this book. It gave an excellent overall account of the causes and course of the war. It never got bogged down in the details of the battles but concentrated on the tactical and strategic significance. I was concerned at first that as the book was written 50 years ago that it may seem dated, but never had that feeling when listening to it.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr Stephen Thomas
  • 24/09/2020

Moving account of the heroism and folly of a unique war

In this superbly balanced and insightful account of the American Civil War, the author Bruce Catton does full justice to the complexities and ambiguities of the war in superb detail. Written and read in a warm and familiar, almost folksy tone, it covers the root causes of the war and its long-term consequences. The book conveys the often confused military situations and frequently flawed generals, contrasting the competence and determination of the two generals who would rise to the top and after a grim and fascinating struggle, conclude the matter in an amazingly civilised fashion, reflecting their shared wisdom. A great account of a great event, this account bears repeated reading.