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A military history of breathtaking sweep and scope, A Savage War reveals how the Civil War ushered in the age of modern warfare.

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The Civil War represented a momentous change in the character of war. It combined the projection of military might across a continent on a scale never before seen with an unprecedented mass mobilization of peoples. Yet despite the revolutionizing aspects of the Civil War, its leaders faced the same uncertainties that have vexed combatants since the days of Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War.

In a masterful narrative that propels listeners from the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox, Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh bring every aspect of the battlefield vividly to life. They show how this new way of waging war was made possible by the powerful historical forces unleashed by the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution, yet how the war was far from being simply a story of the triumph of superior machines. Murray and Hsieh paint indelible portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and other major figures whose leadership, judgment, and personal character played such decisive roles in the fate of a nation. They also examine how the Army of the Potomac, the Army of Northern Virginia, and the other major armies developed entirely different cultures that influenced the war's outcome.

"A genuinely fresh, persuasive perspective on the Civil War. . . . A book that will make even readers with a strong knowledge of the war think about how it was fought and why it ended as it did. A winner for Civil War history buffs." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"[An] outstanding account of the American Civil War . . . This expertly written narrative will draw in anyone with an interest in the Civil War at any knowledge level." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"[An] illuminating, ambitious and unsentimental history. . . . Exceptionally lucid." ---Fergus M. Bordewich, Wall Street Journal

"[A] new and interesting military history of the American Civil War." ---Francis P. Sempa, New York Journal of Books
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A Savage War

A Military History of the Civil War

Author Williamson Murray, Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Publication date Sep 26, 2017

Running time 24 hrs 4 min

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