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Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2: The Civil War Era

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James McPherson

Narrated By: Jonathan Davis

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: May 2007

Duration: 19 hours 50 minutes


James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether 'in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government.' Jefferson Davis felt 'forced to take up arms' to guarantee his states' rights. McPherson merges the words of these men and other political luminaries, housewives, and soldiers from both armies with his own concise analysis of the war to create a story as compelling as any novel.
Battle Cry of Freedom vividly traces how a new nation was forged when a war both sides were sure would amount to little dragged for four years and cost more American lives than all other wars combined.
'' of the 50,000 books written on the Civil War, the finest compression of that national paroxysm ever fitted between two covers.''Los Angeles Times Book Review


  • Terence Bartek

    A complete overview of all the important ideas and events involved in this very complex period that shaped the nation as we know it today.

  • Ike Sarac

    It really teaches you the whole story. It does a great job of balancing the political aspects and what's happening on the battlefield.

  • Patrick Biser

    A great introduction to the Civil War.. McPherson's clear, concise writing never leaves you confused.

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