- Tapa blanda: 448 páginas
- Editor: National Geographic Society (5 de noviembre de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1426211716
- ISBN-13: 978-1426211713
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Shiloh, 1862: The First Great and Terrible Battle of the Civil War (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 5 nov 2013
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"Groom has given the Battle of Shiloh the mega attention that it deserves by writing a book with the storytelling appeal of fiction but solidly backed with fact.... This is a book that will stay with you for a very long time." -The Washington Post "Groom enhances his solid reputation as a writer of general audience military history with this narrative of the Civil War's first major battle in the west." -Publisher's Weekly "This thrilling narrative account of Shiloh from the bestselling author of Forest Gump, is a vivid portrayal of key players and epic moments that changed America's understanding of the war." -Publishers Weekly Top 10: History and Military History "Stirring Civil War history from the author of Forest Gump....The emphasis on the human element gives the book a power that sets it apart from most military histories." -Kirkus [Starred Review] "Including pertinent military detail about weapons and organization, Groom's compositional acumen makes Shiloh move quickly, vividly, graphically, and perfectly for armchair buff and battlefield visitor alike." -Booklist "Groom's gripping narrative is full of absorbing firsthand accounts from drummer boys, officers and enlisted men, nurses, and civilians...A provocatively rendered and persuasively argued study that demands a central place in Civil War historiography." -Library Journal (Starred Review) From the Hardcover edition.
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A main selection in History Book-of-the-Month Club and alternate selection in Military Book-of-the-Month Club. In the spring of 1862, many Americans still believed that the Civil War, "would be over by Christmas." The previous summer in Virginia, Bull Run, with nearly 5,000 casualties, had been shocking, but suddenly came word from a far away place in the wildernesses of Southwest Tennessee of an appalling battle costing 23,000 casualties, most of them during a single day. It was more than had resulted from the entire American Revolution. As author Winston Groom reveals in this dramatic, heart-rending account, the Battle of Shiloh would singlehandedly change the psyche of the military, politicians, and American people--North and South--about what they had unleashed by creating a Civil War. In this gripping telling of the first "great and terrible" battle of the Civil War, Groom describes the dramatic events of April 6 and 7, 1862, when a bold surprise attack on Ulysses S. Grant's encamped troops and the bloody battle that ensued would alter the timbre of the war. The Southerners struck at dawn on April 6th, and Groom vividly recounts the battle that raged for two days over the densely wooded and poorly mapped terrain. Driven back on the first day, Grant regrouped and mounted a fierce attack the second, and aided by the timely arrival of reinforcements managed to salvage an encouraging victory for the Federals. Groom's deft prose reveals how the bitter fighting would test the mettle of the motley soldiers assembled on both sides, and offer a rehabilitation of sorts for Union General William Sherman, who would go on from the victory at Shiloh to become one of the great generals of the war. But perhaps the most alarming outcome, Groom poignantly reveals, was the realization that for all its horror, the Battle of Shiloh had solved nothing, gained nothing, proved nothing, and the thousands of maimed and slain were merely wretched symbols of things to come. With a novelist's eye for telling and a historian's passion for detail, context, and meaning, Groom brings the key characters and moments of battle to life. Shiloh is an epic tale, deftly told by a masterful storyteller.Ver Descripción del producto
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I believe the causalities at Shiloh were more than double in the war then to date - and that included Manassas, or Bull Run, depending on one’s sympathies.
Shiloh, or Pittsburgh Landing, was and is still isolated and likely why so well preserved.
This is good book but not great. I have recently read some military history books, around the Pacific campaign in WWII, that were truly wonderful and emotionally gut wrenching. This was, ‘merely’, good. But well worth it.
There are interesting characters that served on those terrible two days at Shiloh - the Welshman Henry Morton Stanley, a lowly Confederate infantryman, who discovered Dr Livingston in modern day Tanzania and the Union general Lew Wallace who wrote ‘Ben Hur’ purportedly based partly on Shiloh.
It’s interesting for me to surmise that while this cataclysm was happening in the ‘united’ States my own adopted country was close to its creation - as a Confederation but remaining a British dominion. I am sure that our key founder, the redoubtable Sir John A, also like USS Grant, a prodigious drinker - looked south and recognized that we, Canada, needed a different form of government. A strong centralized one.
Excuse, my sentimental rambles.
Oh, and visit Shiloh and Donelson.
First, the book is literate and well written, a "good read."
Second, some reviewers think that there is too much background. I believe that one cannot understand Shiloh without understanding Confederate reverses and Mill Spring and Forts Henry and Donelson. In addition, the nature of key leaders and forces need to be understood. The Western Confederacy had a strange mix of generals--from the testy and unpleasant Braxton Bragg to the grandiose Pierre G. T. Beauregard to the well regarded Albert Sidney Johnston to frauds like Generals Floyd and Pillow. On the Union side? U. S. Grant and William Sherman and "Old Brains," Henry Halleck. Without an understanding of such factors, a book about Shiloh does not have adequate context.
Third, the book's examination of preparation for the battle provides adequate detail. Beauregard's first plan and then his variations and then his cold feet. Many on the Confederate side felt that they had lost all chance of surprising the Union forces arrayed on the plain about Pittsburg Landing. But Union generals tended to discount any such evidence of a gathering of forces against them. The book does a good job outlining the Confederate attack, the Union response. We see some commanders performing well on both sides and others floundering. This part of the story is well told, although I did not note much that was brand new. Nonetheless, the book provides a fine survey of the battle for someone wanting to get up to speed.
All in all, a fine volume, well written.
I love the way he acquaints the reader with the personalities - generals down to privates - on both sides and puts the battle into context with the campaigns that led up to it. For the first time, I feel I have a clear understanding of the objectives of both sides.
Now, I'm eager to return and revisit the sunken road and the hornet's nest and bloody pond.
I read Shelby Foote's book on Shiloh several years ago and I admire his writing style, but Groom has written the definitive Shiloh book as far as I am concerned.
Groom is a better story teller. He wrote Forest Gump and a number of books on World War II. He begins long before the battle and wraps up the entire war. He also detours into the personal journals of a few people who are basically not relevant to the battle but do illustrate the wide ranging effects of the war. He also gives truncated biographies of Generals Grant, Sherman, Beauregard, and a few others. If you know some of this ancillary material, it is easily skipped or skimmed.
The best part of Groom is his clarity. You can follow a complicated and chaotic battle with just enough detail. Other studies have more information, but this is a sensible place to begin.