The Destructive War by Charles Royster
William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans

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From the moment the Civil War began, partisans on both sides were calling not just for victory but for extermination. And both sides found leaders who would oblige. In this vivid and fearfully persuasive book, Charles Royster looks at William Tecumseh Sherman and Stonewall Jackson, the men who came to embody the apocalyptic passions of North and South, and re-creates their characters, their strategies, and the feelings they inspired in their countrymen. At once an incisive dual biography, hypnotically engrossing military history, and a cautionary examination of the American penchant for patriotic bloodshed, The Destructive War is a work of enormous power.

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About Charles Royster

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Royster was educated at the University of California. From 1977 until 1979, was a fellow of the Institute of Early American History and Culture. Since1981 he has taught at Louisiana State University. He has won the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize.
Published September 14, 2011 by Vintage. 561 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Not by accident were the two fiercest warriors of the conflict Jackson and Sherman, who ``epitomized the waging of successful war by drastic measures justified with claims to righteousness.'' For Jackson, with a Calvinist zeal for self-improvement, the war was an attempt to prove, on a national s...

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Bancroft, Parkman and Lincoln prize winner Royster (The Destructive War, etc.) shows several of our deservedly revered founding fathers as something else besides the brave defenders of liberty we met in our high school history books.

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In this fresh take on the Civil War, Royster ( Light-Horse Harry Lee ) examines two opposing generals who epitomize the extremes to which warfare was pushed between 1861 and 1865: Confederate Thomas ``Stonewall'' Jackson and the Union army's William T.

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