Ead and Donald Miller s most recent book on Vicksburg is the best Vicksburg book I have ver read But Foote s is up there
But Not Entirely Thenot Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life entirely the detailed as Miller and Chernow are Four stars A fantastic account of the Vicksburg campaign with anecdotes about Grant that were verynlightening The Beleaguered City is a Modern Library adaptation of part of Foote s masterpiece The Civil War *Excerpted for the popular reader nothing of Foote s careful research or literary skill is lost While always taking a *for the popular reader nothing of Foote s careful research or literary skill is lost While always taking a in American history to Gettysburg the subject of another Modern Library Crazy Love edition of Foote Lite Vicksburg was arguably the critical campaign of the Civil War it permanently severed the Confederacy guaranteed Federal domination of the nation s premier waterborne transportation route and made the career of U S Grant Foote s history is a delight good scholarship and good writing I recommend it highly to Civil War buffs and casual readers alike Just like Stars in Their Courses however it suffers from Shelby Foote s The Beleaguered City a book lengthxcerpt from his 3000 page three volume The Civil War A Narrative focuses on the Vicksburg campaign of 1862 63 an Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society epic collision of then modern military technology trial andrror tactics and unforgiving near Gothic landscape as Grant and Sherman attempted to break the back of the south by gaining dominance of the Mississippi river It may surprise the modern reader that the small town of Vicksburg was known as the Gibraltar of the West for its strategic importance Its natural setting was unusually challenging and there is something undeniably novelistic in Foote s vibrant images of ironclad warships floundering through narrow channels in the Mississippi delta running gauntlets of burning cotton bales as the machinery of the industrial age attempts to vanuish a swampy agrarian order Foote is unapologetically narrative is Port of Vicksburg continues Foote's narrative of the great battles of the Civil War culled from his mass. .
N his techniue as his larger series title suggests and that approach *often rankles academic historians Idiosyncratic personal and defiantly undocumented only insolent *rankles academic historians Idiosyncratic personal and defiantly undocumented the only insolent in ntire work is a reference to family history Foote writes from a less academic renegade ra of history writing where novelistic speculation is occasionally allowed
TO CRUSH OBJECTIVITY AS IN MANY SCENES WHERE THEcrush objectivity as in many scenes where the or motivations of key players appear boldly on the page He is to history writing what Edmund Wilson is literary criticism addressing the ducated reader but not the academic peer Like Wilson he is literally but not ualitatively amateur Foote s colorful narration springs directly from that amateur s freedom and it is often at its best when it captures the rawness and immediacy of the campaign s challenges Vivid anecdotes of daily xperience are often compelling than the densely informational accounts of military tactics In those moments particularly those where Foote uotes officers strikingly Black Heart, Red Ruby expressive letters anotherra of American life appears vividly in its contrasting mixture of physical challenge and rhetorical louenceIn the nd the debate over Foote s objectivity is fleeting the reader will never know how much research underlies his compellingly readable account James MacPherson one of the most distinguished historians of the same New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood era offers a ringingndorsement of Foote s work I ll respect the opinion of the author of the definitive one volume Battle Cry of Freedom and rely on his book as a reliably documented supplement A brilliant history of the Vicksburg Campaign This short book is mostly an xtract from Foote s masterpiece 3 volume Civil War history Foote gives all the relevant details weaving them in a dramatic narrative style befitting the novelist he fundamentally was A great read for Civil War buffs and most worthwhile for readers of general interest. Ive three volume history recounting a campaign which Lincoln called one of the most brilliant in the worl. A fair apprisal of the campaign Foote acknowledges *Grant s abilities without vapid hero worship a problem as of late in books about the general and *s abilities without vapid hero worship a problem as of late in books about the general and views on Pemberton are fair Best of all vents outside of Vicksburg such as Port Hudson and Brashear City are discussed All in all this is a good account of the campaign interesting read This is a perfect book I obtained this without having known it was xcerpted from Foote s series about the Civil War but having gotten a positive impression of him from Ken Burn s Civil War series on PBS It also is the case that that conflict was the major crisis in the history of the United States the ffects of which are still reflected in the relations between the North and South Blacks and Whites urban and rural AmericaI ve read a lot of books about the war Those by Bruce Catton specially his two trilogies have touched me most deeply Catton conveying sympathy for the infantrymen who fought on both sides and for the civilians slave and free most
affected by the conflict Foote while he conveys a comparable depth of sympathy in his PBSby the conflict Foote while he conveys a comparable depth of sympathy in his PBS is not so ffective in this xcerpt most of which concerns itself with the military and logistical particulars regarding the Union siege of Confederate Vicksburg This is not in other words the book to start with in attempting to grasp the Civil War It does however give the detail of the Vicksburg campaign in a comprehensible fashion Very good description of the Vicksburg Campaign and Siege Even though though there were some Lost Cause talking points Foote describes in good detail how Vicksburg played out it s importance to the Civil War and it s generals including Ulysses S Grant There were times when he jabbed at Grant creating so many inaccuracies myths and stereotypes about Grant that aren t true Personally Ron Chernow s biography Grant is the best and most accurate book on Grant I have ver The companion volume to Stars in Their Courses this marvelous account of Grant's siege of the Mississippi.
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