- Tapa dura: 404 páginas
- Editor: Random House Inc (1 de julio de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1400069726
- ISBN-13: 978-1400069729
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 jul 2014
Descripción del producto
Reseña del editor
William Tecumseh Sherman was more than just one of our greatest generals. Fierce Patriot is a bold, revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact on the American landscapeand the American character.
Americas first celebrity general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces. Some were exalted in the public eye, others known only to his intimates. In this bold, revisionist portrait, Robert L. OConnell captures the man in full for the first time. From his early exploits in Florida, through his brilliant but tempestuous generalship during the Civil War, to his postwar career as a key player in the building of the transcontinental railroad, Sherman was, as OConnell puts it, the human embodiment of Manifest Destiny. Here is Sherman the military strategist, a master of logistics with an uncanny grasp of terrain and brilliant sense of timing. Then there is Uncle Billy, Shermans public persona, a charismatic hero to his troops and quotable catnip to the newspaper writers of his day. Here, too, is the private Sherman, whose appetite for women, parties, and the high life of the New York theater complicated his already turbulent marriage. Warrior, family man, American icon, William Tecumseh Sherman has finally found a biographer worthy of his protean gifts. A masterful character study whose myriad insights are leavened with its authors trademark wit,Fierce Patriot will stand as the essential book on Sherman for decades to come.
Praise for Fierce Patriot
A superb examination of the many facets of the iconic Union general.General David Petraeus
Shermans standing in American history is formidable. . . . It is hard to imagine any other biography capturing it all in such a concise and enlightening fashion.National Review
A sharply drawn and propulsive march through the tortured psyche of the man.The Wall Street Journal
[OConnells] narrative of the March to the Sea is perhaps the best I have ever read.Jonathan Yardley,The Washington Post
A surprising, clever, wise, and powerful book.Evan Thomas, author of Ikes Bluff
Biografía del autor
Robert L. OConnell received a Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia, and spent thirty years as a senior analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center. He is presently a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, and was a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. He is the author of numerous books, includingThe Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic; Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression;and Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the Present.
No es necesario ningún dispositivo Kindle. Descárgate una de las apps de Kindle gratuitas para comenzar a leer libros Kindle en tu smartphone, tablet u ordenador.
Obtén la app gratuita:
Detalles del producto
Si eres el vendedor de este producto, ¿te gustaría sugerir ciertos cambios a través del servicio de atención al vendedor?
Opiniones de clientes
|5 estrellas (0%)|
|4 estrellas (0%)|
|3 estrellas (0%)|
|2 estrellas (0%)|
|1 estrella (0%)|
Opiniones de clientes más útiles en Amazon.com
The first story line is Sherman as the “general contractor” and the strategist of continental expansion. Essentially the author argues that Sherman was part of the generation that built the United States to the west coast. In the first section, beginning with Sherman’s boyhood and continuing through the Civil War, O’Connell covers the general’s life as a soldier in the Second Seminole War, his time in California, as a banker, and, of course, his Civil War experience. The theme is that Sherman saw the United States as “under construction” and he was part of the crew to build it. Even his wartime experience fits into this theme as he was driven to save the United States from dissolution, while his post-war years were spent subduing native tribes and supporting building the transcontinental railroad system.
The second story line focuses on Sherman the soldier and the army he built and used in the west to bring an end to the Civil War. O’Connell reviews how Sherman evolved as a commander, how he developed his army, and how his strategic views solidified.
The third story line takes a look at Sherman the man. The author takes a look at Sherman’s personnel life examining his family upbringing and the impact it had on him. It continues looking at Sherman’s personal side through his post-war years and retirement, his relationship with his wife and his mistresses, and his relationship with his children.
Unfortunately “Fierce Patriot” doesn’t provide anything new on Sherman. What it does do well is provide a very readable book on Sherman while taking a look at the man from a variety of viewpoints. Most Sherman biographies, and I think this applies to most biographies of military leaders, focus on their battles. In a way, the biography becomes just another way of presenting the battle and not the man. However, “Fierce Patriot” does not take this approach. You do learn about the man and not just his military exploits. And if O’Connell covers the same ground twice, it’s only because he’s viewing the subject from a different perspective.
In the end the author paints an image of a strategic thinker and a goal-oriented pragmatist in his professional life, while sharing a disjointed personal life with a woman he loved and knew very well (he married his foster father’s daughter), but with whom he had several key differences (primarily religion).
The book is a historical achievement leading. The author cuts through both the hype and the hysteria surrounding Sherman. For example, Sherman's March to the Sea was composed of two parts. The first part was a conventional military campaign using traditional logistics to move from Chattanooga to Atlanta. The second part was Sherman's unconventional travel from Atlanta to Savannah. And, the author points out that this difficult march would have been impossible but for superbly conditioned troops who believed in and loved Sherman.
The reader comes away from the book with a mixture of awe, respect, and affinity for Sherman. He has strong convictions, but was hardly intolerant. Like everyone, he had faults, but rose above them to serve his nation at a crucial juncture.
O'Connell also perpetuates previous myths of the Civil War (Grant's drinking in combat) despite the fact that they have revealed as myths for some time. The end result is to present all other commanders faults while passing Sherman's off as either overblown or twisted to make him look bad. When one reads history it's important to remember that heroes have faults too, this book seems determined to remove all faults from Sherman and present him as the true reason that the Union won the American Civil War.
However, after reading the book I can more appreciate the rationale for what they did to destroy the morale of the south through their methods. Maybe it saved tens of thousands (or more) of soldiers lives by ending the war more quickly.
The author also skipped over a few issues that really lead to the civil war, but the book was about Sherman, not just the war.
Sherman was just as ruthless in dealing with native Americans as he was in dealing with the south. A general focused on winning regardless of the costs to the enemy, but without the same disregard for his own troops casualties as generals like Grant and others.
Probably the type of person we still need leading us today.
Very close to a 5 star book.