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Old November 24th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #11
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Thank you very much for the replies everyone, now I am certain that the 50$ will be worth it


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Foote appears very extensively on Ken Burns documentary on the Civil War. On the DVD they also complete his interviews with more detail.

And both the Foote and Mcpherson books are excellent.
Actually this is how I got acquaintеd with Foote. I am currently watching Ken Burns' Civil War and I really liked the way Shelby was talking during the interviews so I thought of reading his stuff.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 12:53 PM   #12

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Foote's excellent as a general overview of the war. His one weakness was that as a storyteller, he really was overfond of anecdotes, and rather wildly abused the secondary sources. None of this detracts from his skill as a writer though.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 02:27 PM   #13

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A well written and readable overview of the war. Foote has a slight southern bias, but he clearly has worked to be objective.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #14

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I haven't read it, but I did enjoy Shelby Foote in Ken Burns' Civil War.

Here's one piece about his work:
Shelby Foote's War Story | Garden and Gun
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Old November 26th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #15

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Hello,

I am thinking of buying Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative but before I spend 50$ for it on Amazon, I wanted to hear the opinion of people who read it. Did you like it and is it really that good as they describe it?
One of the reasons I stopped on it is because Foote is a southerner himself and I think he could give the best description of the Confederacy which is very hard to find.

Thank you!

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Just found out that Foote's trilogy is available for FREE download:

The Civil War, a narrative : Foote, Shelby : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
The Civil War, a narrative : Foote, Shelby : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
The Civil War, a narrative : Foote, Shelby : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
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The Catton trilogy can be had used through amazon for $1
Catton is another favorite. I believe he "lives" the period as a reenactor.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 03:00 PM   #17

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Catton is another favorite. I believe he "lives" the period as a reenactor.
I think he has been dead for about 40 years.
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I think he has been dead for about 40 years.
Maybe that's why "lives" is in quotes.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:31 PM   #19

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I shelled out about 100 for the box containing the three books a year ago...I sure hope my wife won't see these links!
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I shelled out about 100 for the box containing the three books a year ago...I sure hope my wife won't see these links!
Ah, but for such a classic set of works as these, they're worth having in hard copy. But don't worry, we won't tell your wife!
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