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William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

James Lee McDonough



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04 August 2017
Biography: historical, political & military; History; History of the Americas; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; American Civil War
General Sherman's 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War's most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war's swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea. This meticulously researched biography explores Sherman's warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, his strained relationship with his wife, Ellen, and his unassuageable grief over the death of his young son, Willy. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day.
By:   James Lee McDonough
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   652g
ISBN:   9780393354201
ISBN 10:   0393354202
Pages:   832
Publication Date:   04 August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Lee McDonough is a Civil War historian and professor emeritus at Auburn University. The author of nine books, including Nashville: The Western Confederacy's Final Gamble and Shiloh: In Hell Before Night, he lives in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

Reviews for William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

A well-rounded study...Everything about this book will interest readers who want to know more about antebellum America and the Civil War. -- Library Journal, starred review A vigorous military biography...welcome reading for any student of Civil War history. -- Kirkus, starred review James McDonough's William Tecumseh Sherman is the first major biography of this complex, challenging figure in almost a quarter century, and it is deeply researched and thoughtfully presented. Engagingly written, it brings new perspective to Sherman's prewar years and the benefit of a lifetime of study to his Civil War career. Perhaps no one will ever completely capture Sherman, but McDonough's wide net snares more than enough of the new with the old to make this a life well worth reading. -- William C. Davis, author of Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee-The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged Superbly researched and richly detailed, James McDonough's William Tecumseh Sherman judiciously guides the reader through the epic life of the man who might be history's most complicated soldier. For Sherman fans it is a must-read, and for others, a worthwhile endeavor. -- Robert L. O'Connell, best-selling author of Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman A fascinating American life. -- John Timpane - Philadelphia Inquirer [McDonough] tells this story well. -- Thomas E. Ricks - New York Times Book Review [McDonough] offers a great deal of shrewd military analysis, but what gives the book its vigor is [his] presentation of Sherman's propulsive personality. -- Richard Snow - The Wall Street Journal

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