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William Tecumseh Sherman : In the Service of My Country: A Life
by James Lee McDonough


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393241570
  • ISBN-10: 0393241572
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 832


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Military
Books > History > Military - United States
Books > History > United States - Civil War

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-04-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

McDonough (The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble), professor emeritus of history at Auburn University, adroitly weaves his prodigious knowledge of Civil War–era America into this behemoth biography as he brilliantly captures Gen. Sherman’s personality. Diving right into the action, McDonough opens with Sherman at the 1862 battle of Shiloh. The bloody Union victory there was a turning point in the brigadier general’s career, McDonough argues, instilling in him a level of confidence that enhanced his leadership skills. Before then, Sherman’s military career waxed and waned. After graduating from West Point in 1840, he initially disregarded advice from his wealthy guardian and future father-in-law, Thomas Ewing, to give up the army for a more lucrative profession. Three years after marrying Ellen Ewing in 1850, Sherman left the army to try his hand at a variety of civilian occupations, but once the Civil War started, he couldn’t rationalize staying out of it. Though primarily interested in Sherman the general—which will likely be the main attraction for most readers—McDonough leaves no aspect of Sherman’s life or times unexamined, including the story of his original first name, the debate over the expansion of slavery, and the politics of Reconstruction. McDonough has produced an exhaustive biography told with considerable narrative skill. Maps & illus. (June)

 
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