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He was named after an enemy of the United States.  

He was proslavery despite his loyalty to the Union.  He burned and pillaged an already beaten foe on a march history will never forget.

If, as he famously said, "war is hell," William Tecumsah Sherman can be classified as a flamethrower of ruthless ferocity.  Defined by his contradictions, Sherman achieved immortality in his role as Ulysses Grant's hammer in the Civil War.  A failed banker and lawyer, Sherman found his calling with the outbreak of war in 1861.  With indecision a common ailment among Union generals early the conflict, Sherman's temperment and unwavering focus on the mission at hand-preserving the Union-helped shift the fortunes of North and South.

Authors Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin present Sherman as once man and phenomenon.  From Bull Run to Shiloh, from Vicksburg to Chattanooga, and from Atlanta to Savannah, Sherman carved the Confederacy with a feral singularity of purpose.  At times disheveled and informal to a fault, "Uncle Billy" became a hero whose legend only grew with allegations of villainy.

Published: Thomas Nelson on Oct 11, 2011
ISBN: 9781595554123
List price: $19.99
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This book was a difficult read for me. At my age, I prefer books that are uplifting and inspiring.I found nothing uplifting or inspiring in the story of William Tecumseh Sherman.Instead I found a military man who regarded his in-laws as domineering, and wished to make himself aloof to them. At times to the point of alienation. His gruff demeanor would have been a burden on any wife, and yet how his wife perceived him isn't addressed by the writers.I found him harsh and uncaring. And when reading between the lines, perhaps even endangering to those put under his charge.I do not care for this book at all, and cannot begin to imagine how this biography made it into The Generals series of books.I allow this book one star alone and that is entirely for the photographs included.I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18, and it should be read solely as a lesson in how a young man should not lead his life.****Disclosure: This book was provided by Book Sneeze in exchange for an independent and non-bised review.read more
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This book was a difficult read for me. At my age, I prefer books that are uplifting and inspiring.I found nothing uplifting or inspiring in the story of William Tecumseh Sherman.Instead I found a military man who regarded his in-laws as domineering, and wished to make himself aloof to them. At times to the point of alienation. His gruff demeanor would have been a burden on any wife, and yet how his wife perceived him isn't addressed by the writers.I found him harsh and uncaring. And when reading between the lines, perhaps even endangering to those put under his charge.I do not care for this book at all, and cannot begin to imagine how this biography made it into The Generals series of books.I allow this book one star alone and that is entirely for the photographs included.I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18, and it should be read solely as a lesson in how a young man should not lead his life.****Disclosure: This book was provided by Book Sneeze in exchange for an independent and non-bised review.
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