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The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 3:

Red River to Appomattox

  • Runtime: 48.0 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 1.1.2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/History
  • 47.98 hrs1/1/2006Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4551-6959-7
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National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

In the third and final volume of this magnificent history, Shelby Foote brings to a close the story of four years of turmoil and strife that altered American life forever. Following the events of the war from 1862–1864, Foote discusses the strategies of both the North and the South and assesses the performance of the Union generals. The volume opens with the beginning of the two final, major confrontations of the war: Grant against Lee in Virginia, and Sherman pressing Johnston in North Georgia. In vivid narrative as seen from both sides, he tells of the climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, that finally decided the fate of this nation.

Editorial Reviews

“The lucidity of the battle narratives, the vigor of the prose, the strong feeling for the men from generals to privates who did the fighting…Foote has the novelist’s feeling for character and situation, without losing the historian’s scrupulous regard for recorded fact. The Civil War is likely to stand unequalled.”

Walter Millis, New York Times bestselling author

“An unparalleled achievement, an American Iliad, a unique work uniting the scholarship of the historian and the high readability of the first-class novelist.”

Walker Percy

“Foote is a novelist who temporarily abandoned fiction to apply the novelist’s shaping hand to history: his model is not Thucydides but The Iliad, and his story, innocent of notes and formal bibliography, has a literary design. Not by accident…but for cathartic effect is so much space given to the war’s unwinding, it’s final shudders and convulsions…To read this chronicle is an awesome and moving experience. History and literature are rarely so thoroughly combined as here; one finishes this volume convinced that no one need undertake this particular enterprise again.”


“Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War, as thousands of Americans apparently do, will go through this volume with pleasure…Years from now, Foote’s monumental narrative most likely will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind.”

New York Herald Tribune Book Review

“Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters…a stirring and stupendous synthesis of history.”

Chicago Daily News

“The most written-about war in history has, with this completion of Shelby Foote’s trilogy, been given the epic treatment it deserves.”

Providence Journal

“I have never read a better, more vivid, more understandable account of the savage battling between Grant’s and Lee’s armies…Foote stays with the human strife and suffering, and unlike most Southern commentators, he does not take sides. In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail in beauty of language and feeling for the people involved, this work surpasses anything else on the subject…It stands alongside the work of the best of them.”

New Republic

“I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with the whole production—the format, of course, and the quality of the sound, but above all with Grover Gardner’s performance. No writer could ask for a better out-loud reader.”

Shelby Foote

Author Biography

Shelby Foote (1916–2005) was an American historian and novelist who came from a long line of Mississippians. After attending the University of North Carolina, he served in World War II as a captain of field artillery in the European theater. He wrote six novels and was awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships in the twenty-year course of writing his monumental three-volume history, The Civil War: A Narrative.

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Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

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