William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

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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

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James Lee McDonough is a Civil War historian and professor emeritus at Auburn University. The author of nine books, including Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble and Shiloh: In Hell Before Night, he lives in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

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“[McDonough] offers a great deal of shrewd military analysis, but what gives the book its vigor is [his] presentation of Sherman’s propulsive personality.”
- Richard Snow, Wall Street Journal

“Masterly...the product of a historian's lifelong study....a full-blooded narrative.”
- Carl Rollyson, The Wall Street Journal

“[McDonough] tells this story well.”
- Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times Book Review

“Sherman's is surely a fascinating American life, in war and peace alike, and this packed book will beguile a whole summer with ease.”
- John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

“A well-rounded study.... Everything about this book will interest readers who want to know more about antebellum America and the Civil War.”
- Starred Review, Library Journal

“McDonough...adroitly weaves his prodigious knowledge of Civil War-era America into this behemoth biography as he brilliantly captures Gen. Sherman’s personality.... an exhaustive biography told with considerable narrative skill.”
- Publishers Weekly

“A vigorous military biography....welcome reading for any student of Civil War history.”
- Starred review, Kirkus

“Superbly researched and richly detailed, James McDonough’s William Tecumseh Sherman judiciously guides the reader through the epic life of the man who might be history’s most complicated soldier. For Sherman fans it is a must-read, and for others, a worthwhile endeavor.”
- Robert L. O’Connell, best-selling author of Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

“James McDonough's William Tecumseh Sherman is the first major biography of this complex, challenging figure in almost a quarter century, and it is deeply researched and thoughtfully presented. Engagingly written, it brings new perspective to Sherman’s pre-war years and the benefit of a lifetime of study to his Civil War career. Perhaps no one will ever completely capture Sherman, but McDonough's wide net snares more than enough of the new with the old to make this a life well worth reading.”
- William C. Davis, author of Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee―The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

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