The Civil War: A Narrative, Volumes 1-3

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volumes 1-3

by Shelby Foote

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Overview

Foote's comprehensive history of the Civil War includes three compelling volumes: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian, and Red River to Appomattox. Collected together in a handsome boxed set, this is the perfect gift for any Civil War buff.

Fort Sumter to Perryville

The first volume opens with Jefferson Davis's farewell to the United States Senate and ends on the bloody battlefields of Antietam and Perryville, as the full, horrible scope of America's great war becomes clear.

Fredericksburg to Meridian
Focused on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume of Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history brings to life the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant’s Vicksburg campaign and covers some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War.

Red River to Appomattox

This final volume brings to life the military endgame, the surrender at Appomattox, and the tragic dénouement of the war—the assassination of President Lincoln.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394749136
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/1986
Edition description: Box Set
Pages: 3
Sales rank: 92,607
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 6.20(d)

About the Author

Shelby Foote was an American historian and novelist.  He was born on November 7, 1916 in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended school there until he entered the University of North Carolina. During World War II he served as a captain of field artillery but never saw combat. After World War II he worked briefly for the Associated Press in their New York bureau. In 1953 he moved to Memphis, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Foote was the author of six novels: Tournament, Follow Me Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh, Jordan County, and September, September. He is best remembered for his 3-volume history The Civil War: A Narrative, which took twenty years to complete and resulted in his being a featured expert in Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary, "The Civil War". Over the course of his writing career, Foote was also awarded three Guggenheim fellowships.

Shelby Foote died in 2005 at the age of 88.

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Civil War Volumes 1-3 Box Set 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series of books is an excellent overview of the Civil War and provided comprehensive coverage of all the military campaigns (both army and navy). Though skewed toward the military aspect, it does cover in sufficient detail the political and economic intracacies. It is written to tell a story, rather than to earn tenure points, and there are no footnotes and references to defend a point of view. The ebb and flow of the book is smooth with no abrupt transitions. There are a few maps that paint the strategic picture - a few more detailed maps would have been nice - but nothing is lost without them. Mr. Foote opens and closes the trilogy with a salute to Jefferson Davis, demonstrating his partialilty toward the Southern cause. Mr. Foote also, at times, demonizes Abraham Lincoln, and makes references to him being 'creature-like.' But this compliation of Civil War history through the eyes of a southerner is not offensive. To the contrary, it is quite refreshing in a genre that is loaded with literature from the northern perspective. Good for both the amateur who wants a comprehensive overview and the specialist who would enjoy history from a slightly different point of view.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sheer volume of information in this series is mind boggling, but the author ties all the battles as well as political cimate of the times into an amazingly smooth flowing read. It reads like a novel and I found myself holding my breath for the outcomes of the battles. Saw no bias towards either side from the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are simply the most enjoyable read I ever had. They are hard to put down, and when you are finished, you will wish this long story had more volumes. You will also want to read several biographies about characters in the books. Forrest? Grant?
sargeDS More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommend can not stop reading them, outstanding!!
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This is a must read for anyone with an interest in the Civil War. It's easy style of reading and presentation makes it a pleasure to read. It's a great triple volume work.
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1oldgeezer More than 1 year ago
This is an impassioned view of the Civil War, impassioned not out of partisanship but out of deep love for our America. Reading it will be both horrifying and uplifting; but in the final analysis it is great literature that shares much in common with Thucydides History of the Pelopenesian War.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Both are great and unbelievable. This book as well as Michael Shaara's Killer Angels have encouraged me to learn more about the Civil War. I greatly recommend this book to everyone. GREAT BOOK JEFF SHAARA!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This consultant to the 'Civil War' series by Ken Burns did an excellent job in bringing to detail the day to day as well as broad issues faced by leadership and troops in the Civil War.
ValSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most detailed account of these four years I think I've read, although he drives me crazy by not always saying the "name" of a battle, just who the protagonists were. I have reade volume 1 and have started volume 2.
lesadee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have actually read all three of these books from cover to cover -- quite an accomplishment. Actually, I've re-read most of the three volumes because they're just so darn good. I would give this set 5 stars, except I would like to see a lot more maps and illustrations. (I know, that would probably double the already-hefty page count, but still ...)
charrod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read it from cover to cover and couldn't put it down, especially the 3rd volume. I suppose only Civil War enthusiasts would really enjoy it. I still like to go back and read Foote's treatment of the battle of Gettysburg now and then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caveat Emptor on this ebook..Listing shows all three volumes for 14.99..I thought I had a good deal..Instead I spent 14.99 for volume three, not all three..Somebody listed this wrong..
jolaneTL More than 1 year ago
Well written, informative, well reserched, a good series for those wanting to learn more about the Civil War
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