Citizen Sherman:: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman (Modern War Studies)

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Bright, compulsively articulate, famous, loved, hated, and deeply troubled, William T. Sherman was perhaps one of the most compelling personalities in American history. This groundbreaking, in-depth portrait of this significant Civil War figure reveals much about Sherman--and about the concept of manliness in his culture. 8 pages of photos.

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"There appears to be nothing written by or to Sherman that Fellman hasn't read and analyzed, no scrap of existing evidence that he hasn't looked at. He makes a persuasive case and he does it in a fascinating and readable way. The inner Sherman that emerges isn't necessarily a man you would invite home for dinner, although he would doubtless be charming and endlessly interesting. Here is a famous and furious man, brilliant, insightful, garrulous, complicated, tightly wound, energetic, aggressive, salty, angry and racist. Here is a man who is grudge-bearing, yet often kind; insecure, yet positive about what the war was about, how to win it, and how it would end. . . . If you want to see laid bare in detail the inner workings that drove this controversial icon to such heights, this is the book for you."--Joseph C. Waugh in the Washington Post Book World

"A penetrating study of the psychological makeup of a brilliant, troubled, and troubling man. . . . one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in American history."--William S. McFeely in the Boston Globe

"A vivid portrait of a fiery personality and a troubled, sometimes dark soul. Lively, compelling, and provocative, it will stir controversy. It speaks with loud assurance where others might tread cautiously. It raises the sort of questions about war-making that military historians should ask more often. Those people who pick it up to read about one of the most charismatic figures in American history will also learn something about the nation that celebrated his accomplishments."--Brooks Simpson in the Journal of American History

"Sherman incarnates the dark side of our history, and this revealing book is a triumph of research, understanding, and style."--Richard Marius in Civilization

"A vivid portrait of perhaps the most savage warrior of the Civil War period."--David M. Shribman in the Wall Street Journal

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Michael Fellman is professor of history at Simon Fraser University.

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