The Civil War

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Ric Burns, Ken Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward

Narrated By: Ken Burns

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2015

Duration: 3 hours 0 minutes


'The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things.... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads: the suffering, the enormous tragedy of the whole thing.'- Shelby Foote, from The Civil War

  When the illustrated edition of The Civil War was first published, The New York Time hailed it as 'a treasure for the eye and mind.' Now Geoffrey Ward's magisterial work of history is available in a text-only edition that interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through the cataclysmic trial of our nationhood: not just Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Robert E. Lee, but genteel Southern ladies and escaped slaves, cavalry officers and common foot soldiers who fought in Yankee blue and Rebel gray.

     The Civil War also includes essays by our most distinguished historians of the era: Don E. Fehrenbacher, on the war's origins; Barbara J. Fields, on the freeing of the slaves; Shelby Foote, on the war's soldiers and commanders; James M. McPherson, on the political dimensions of the struggle; and C. Vann Woodward, assessing the America that emerged from the war's ashes.


  • Jone S

    If you are interested in the Civil War this is a great starter book. The author does a wonderful job of describing the War in progression and the narrators do a marvelous job. After you listen to this book you can then decide if you want to read / listen to other books on the specifics of certain events or Soldiers / Generals etc. Listened to it on a long car ride and it made the trip go quickly!

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Civil War, Ric Burns, Ken Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward