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Old November 24th, 2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Thoughts on Shelby Foote's Civil War?


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.

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Old November 24th, 2012, 02:38 AM   #2

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If you're looking for the southern viewpoint, there is no better.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 02:40 AM   #3

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it was one of the few books that was recommended to me when I first came to this forum. And it's indeed one of the best. You can indeed feel throughout the book that Foote was a southerner himself.
I'd say: don't hesitate and buy it. You won't regret it.
Oh and, get Mc.Pherson's Battle Cry of Freedom at the same time. I found the two books to be very complementary.

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it was one of the few books that was recommended to me when I first came to this forum. And it's indeed one of the best. You can indeed feel throughout the book that Foote was a southerner himself.
I'd say: don't hesitate and buy it. You won't regret it.
Oh and, get Mc.Pherson's Battle Cry of Freedom a the same time. I found the two books to be very complementary.
Agreed. Both Foote and McPherson are excellent and objective authors. I think Foote has a slight Southern bias and McPherson has a slight Northern bias. McPherson talks a lot more about the lead-up to the Civil War, where Foote goes into much more depth about the battles and the politics during the war. Taken together, I think you really get a good feel for the whole thing.

Foote's writing style is very down-to-earth. He also gets into the personalities of the people involved and tells a lot of interesting and amusing stories.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 03:31 AM   #5

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Foote gave several engaging interviews and sound bytes to documentaries. You could easily take his voice and and let it "read" to you in your mind, giving his books even more satisfaction.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 04:47 AM   #6

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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.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 05:23 AM   #7
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Its a very good read and a general summary of the events, but go to other authors for more in depth studies of particular facets of the war..
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Old November 24th, 2012, 05:39 AM   #8

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Foote gave several engaging interviews and sound bytes to documentaries. You could easily take his voice and and let it "read" to you in your mind, giving his books even more satisfaction.
Agreed...that man's voice.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 10:54 AM   #9

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I concur, highly recommended. I am a Bruce Catton man myself, though.
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The Catton trilogy can be had used through amazon for $1
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