Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Herman Hattaway

Narrated By: Lloyd James

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2007

Duration: 11 hours 20 minutes


An introductory military history of the American Civil War, 'Shades of Blue and Gray' places the 1861-1865 conflict within the broad context of evolving warfare. Emphasizing technology and its significant impact, Hattaway includes valuable material on land and sea mines, minesweepers, hand grenades, automatic weapons, the Confederate submarine, and balloons. The evolution of professionalism in the American military serves as an important connective theme throughout. Hattaway extrapolates from works by revisionists William Skelton and Roy Roberts to illustrate convincingly that the development of military professionalism is not entirely a post-Civil War phenomenon.

Informative and clearly written, enhanced by graceful prose and colorful anecdotes, 'Shades of Blue and Gray' will appeal to all listeners.

"Those searching for a clear, persuasive introduction to the way in which battle shaped new strategies and a new idea of war could find no better or more compelling guide."-Kirkus Reviews