A World on Fire by Amanda Foreman audiobook

A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

By Amanda Foreman
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    ISBN: 9780307738974

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011   NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly Acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating story of the American Civil War and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Even before the first rumblings of secession shook the halls of Congress, British involvement in the coming schism was inevitable. Britain was dependent on the South for cotton, and in turn the Confederacy relied almost exclusively on Britain for guns, bullets, and ships. The Union sought to block any diplomacy between the two and consistently teetered on the brink of war with Britain. For four years the complex web of relationships between the countries led to defeats and victories both minute and history-making. In A World on Fire, Amanda Foreman examines the fraught relations from multiple angles while she introduces characters both humble and grand, bringing them to vivid life over the course of her sweeping and brilliant narrative. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman has woven together their experiences to form a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. Through the eyes of these brave volunteers we see the details of the struggle for life and the great and powerful forces that threatened to demolish a nation. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America. A World on Fire is a complex and groundbreaking work that will surely cement Amanda Foreman’s position as one of the most influential historians of our time. Includes a bonus PDF with a Dramatis Personae and a glossary

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for General Nonfiction

A 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 2011 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

A 2011 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A 2011 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2011 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Nonfiction

A 2011 Economist Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2011 NPR Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2011 Library Journal Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011

 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly

Acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating story of the American Civil War and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle.

Even before the first rumblings of secession shook the halls of Congress, British involvement in the coming schism was inevitable. Britain was dependent on the South for cotton, and in turn the Confederacy relied almost exclusively on Britain for guns, bullets, and ships. The Union sought to block any diplomacy between the two and consistently teetered on the brink of war with Britain. For four years the complex web of relationships between the countries led to defeats and victories both minute and history-making. In A World on Fire, Amanda Foreman examines the fraught relations from multiple angles while she introduces characters both humble and grand, bringing them to vivid life over the course of her sweeping and brilliant narrative.

Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman has woven together their experiences to form a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. Through the eyes of these brave volunteers we see the details of the struggle for life and the great and powerful forces that threatened to demolish a nation.

In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America. A World on Fire is a complex and groundbreaking work that will surely cement Amanda Foreman’s position as one of the most influential historians of our time.

Includes a bonus PDF with a Dramatis Personae and a glossary

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The EconomistThe New York TimesThe New Yorker, The St Louis Post-Dispatch, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal all list A World on Fire as one of the best books of 2011!
A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year!
Ms. Foreman...is such an engaging writer that readers may find this 958-page volume too short. Michael Burlingame, The Wall Street Journal
Extraordinary cast....Thoroughly researched and well written...Remarkable. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The New York Times Book Review
Foreman's descriptive gifts show especially well in bringing vividly to life the political and diplomatic worlds of Washington and London...A brief review can only hint at the expansive scope, rich detail and pulsing energy of A World on Fire. The Washington Post
One puts down A World on Fire with a sense of awe. Foreman's skills as historian and writer are formidable. The Boston Globe
“Extraordinary…Thoroughly researched and well written…Remarkable.” New York Times Book Review
So expansive in its scope, and so well written...to call it a masterpiece somehow doesn't seem to do it justice. Christian Science Monitor
[A] magisterial history. Newsweek
“Ms. Foreman…is such an engaging writer that readers may find this 958-page volume too short.” Wall Street Journal
“So expansive in its scope, and so well written, that to call it a masterpiece somehow doesn’t seem to do it justice…Foreman displays her exceptional gift for storytelling and for making history both fascinating and relevant.” Christian Science Monitor
“Foreman’s descriptive gifts show especially well in bringing vividly to life the political and diplomatic worlds of Washington and London…A brief review can only hint at the expansive scope, rich detail, and pulsing energy of A World on Fire.” Washington Post
“One puts down A World on Fire with a sense of awe. Foreman’s skills as historian and writer are formidable.” Boston Globe
“Thrilling narrative on a grand scale.” History Today
“A magisterial history.” Newsweek
“Foreman amply offers a new perspective on the war in an elegantly written work of old-fashioned narrative history.” Publishers Weekly
A World on Fire is an achievement as enjoyable as it is impressive. As in a great nineteenth-century novel, a teeming cast propels this epic—the gallant and the craven, scoundrels and lovers, diplomats and freebooters—some helplessly caught in the gale, others with their hands firmly on the levers of power. Charles Dickens appears in this book; had he been an historian he might well have written it.” Richard Snow, editor of American Heritage, 1990-2007

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Author

Author Bio: Amanda Foreman

Author Bio: Amanda Foreman

Amanda Foreman is a visiting research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She won the Whitbread Prize for Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, which was adapted for the screen as The Duchess. Educated as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College and with master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Oxford University, she is now married with five children and lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 32.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English