The Civil War by Shelby Foote
A Narrative: Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox (Vintage Civil War Library)

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A decade in the writing, this is the final volume of what many critics have called “America’s Iliad.” Here Foote brings to life the military endgame, the surrender at Appomattox, and the tragic dénouement of the war—the assassination of President Lincoln.
 
“To read this chronicle is an awesome and moving experience. History and literature are rarely so thoroughly combined as here; one finishes this volume convinced that no one need undertake this particular enterprise again.” —Newsweek
 
“In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail, in beauty of language and feeling for the people involved, this work surpasses anything else on the subject. . . . Written in the tradition of the great historian-artists—Gibbon, Prescott, Napier, Freeman—it stands alongside the work of the best of them.” —The New Republic
 
“The most written-about war in history has, with this completion of Shelby Foote’s trilogy, been given the epic treatment it deserves.” —Providence Journal
 

 

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 January 26, 2011 by Vintage. 1120 pages
Genres: History, War, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Civil War News

In 1954 — about the time he started to write the Civil War history that would make him famous — Shelby Foote published Jordan County, a novel about a fictional place in Mississippi, its people and its history.

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The Wilson Quarterly

One hundred and fifty years ago, in the wee hours of April 12, a mortar shell exploded above Fort Sumter, and the American Civil War began.

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