The Civil War by Shelby Foote
A Narrative (3 Volume Set)

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No matter which essay is selected from Meacham’s work, the reader is assured an insightful and brief reading experience.
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The Civil War: A Narrative (Hardcover, 3 Vol. Gift Set)

A stunning literary and historical achievement, the three volumes of Shelby Foote’s THE CIVIL WAR vividly bring to life the four years of torment and strife that altered American life forever. Presented in a handsome boxed set, these three beautifully bound hardcovers are an essential addition to every American history collection.

Taking the reader from the drama of Jefferson Davis’s resignation from the United States Senate and Abraham Lincoln’s arrival in the nation’s capital to Davis’s final flight and capture and Lincoln’s tragic death, Foote covers his subject with astonishing depth and scope. Every battle, every general, and every statesman has its place in this monumental narrative, told in lively prose that captures the sights, smells, and sounds of the conflict. Never before have the great battles and personalities of the Civil War been so excitingly presented, and never before has the story been told so completely.

With a novelist’s gift for narrative and a historian’s commitment to research, Shelby Foote’s epic retelling is the definitive account of the Civil War, a trilogy that has earned a place of honor on the bookshelves of all Americans.


About Shelby Foote

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Author and historian Shelby Foote was born in Greenville, Mississippi on November 17, 1916. He was educated at the University of North Carolina and served with the U.S. Army artillery during World War II. He was dismissed in 1944 for using a government vehicle against regulations. He later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, but did not see active duty. After being discharged from the military, he briefly became a journalist. He has written short stories, plays, and longer works, but is best known for his three-volume narrative history of the Civil War. He was awarded Guggenheim fellowships in 1958, 1959, and 1960, a Ford Foundation grant in 1963, and the Dos Passos Prize for Literature in 1988. He appeared in Ken Burns' PBS documentary The Civil War. He died at home in Memphis, Tennessee on June 27, 2005.
Published May 1, 2006 by Random House. 2936 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Reviewed by Chris Scott on Apr 14 2011

American Homer serves as a superb introduction to Foote and his work...

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Reviewed by Evan McLaughlin on Jun 01 2011

No matter which essay is selected from Meacham’s work, the reader is assured an insightful and brief reading experience.

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