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William Tecumseh Sherman

William Tecumseh Sherman

Author: James Lee McDonough

Pages: 832

Edition: Hardcover

List Price: $39.95

Published: Jun, 2016

Publisher: Norton

ISBN: 9780393241570

Highest rank: #17 on 25th, Jun 2016

First entered: 25th, Jun 2016

Number of weeks: 1

Book Summary

A major new biography of one of America’s most storied military figures. General Sherman’s 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War’s most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war’s swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea. This meticulously researched biography explores Sherman’s warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, his strained relationship with his wife, Ellen, and his unassuageable grief over the death of his young son, Willy. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day. 8 pages of illustrations, 10 maps

Authors


James Lee McDonough

Name: James Lee McDonough

About the author:

James Lee McDonough is professor of history at Auburn University.

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