The Civil War: A Narrative. Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox

New York: Vintage Books, 1986. First Vintage Edition [stated]. Sixth Printing. Trade paperback. [8], 1106, [8] pages. Wraps, volume 3 ONLY of the 3-vol. set. Color endpaper maps. Maps. Bibliographical Notes. Index. Stamp on bottom of fep. Cover has some wear and soiling. Shelby Dade Foote Jr. (November 17, 1916 – June 27, 2005) was an American writer, historian and journalist. Although he primarily viewed himself as a novelist, he is now best known for his authorship of The Civil War: A Narrative, a three-volume history of the American Civil War. With geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta, Foote's life and writing paralleled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the Old South to the Civil Rights era of the New South. Foote was little known to the general public until his appearance in Ken Burns's PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was "central to all our lives." Foote did all his writing by hand with a nib pen, later transcribing the result into a typewritten copy. He received a letter from Bennett Cerf of Random House asking him to write a short history of the Civil War to appear for the conflict's centennial. According to Foote, Cerf contacted him based on the factual accuracy and rich detail he found in Shiloh. Although the novelist had no experience writing serious history, Cerf offered him a contract for a work of approximately 200,000 words. Foote described himself as a "novelist-historian" who accepted "the historian’s standards without his paraphernalia" and "employed the novelist’s methods without his license." This final volume of Shelby Foote's masterful narrative history of the Civil War brings to life the military endgame, the surrender at Appomattox, and the tragic dénouement of the war and the assassination of President Lincoln. Features maps throughout. "An unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first-class novelist." --Walker Percy. 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. The final volume opens with the beginning of the two final, major confrontations of the war: Grant against Lee in Virginia, and Sherman pressing Johnston in north Georgia in 1864. The narrative describes the events and battles from Sherman's March to the Sea to Lincoln's assassination and the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. In the third-and last-volume of this vivid history, Shelby Foote brings to a close the story of four years of turmoil and strife which altered American life forever. Here, told in vivid narrative and as seen from both sides, are those climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, which finally decided the fate of this nation. Condition: Good / No dust jacket issued.

Keywords: Civil War, Army of the Potomac, Robert E. Lee, Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses Sherman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Abraham Lincoln, Assassination

ISBN: 0394746228

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