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About the series:
A series of three volumes that took him twenty years to complete, Foote's highly acclaimed THE CIVIL WAR: A NARRATIVE, vividly brings to life every major figure, every significant battle, and every important issue of America's cataclysmic Civil War. So great was Foote's reputation and knowledge that documentary filmaker Ken Burns sought his skill and presence for his reknowned The Civil War Series on PBS. Considered one of the definitive Civil War narratives as well as one of the 20th-century's greatest works of nonfiction, this three-volume history presents the true events, the battles, and biographies of significant figures on both sides of the conflict.
Shelby Foote begins a tremendous, sweeping narrative of the most fascinating conflict in our history---a war which lasted four long, bitter years, an experience more profound and meaningful than any other the American people have ever lived through. And perhaps never before have these conflicts been so clearly, so dramatically---and so excitingly---presented. The word 'narrative' is the key, not only to this extraordinary book's incandescence, but also to its truth. Already recognized as one of the finest histories ever fashioned by an American, this is a narrative of over a million and a half words which recreates on a vast and brilliant canvas the events and personalities of an American epic: The Civil War. Three volume set.
About the author:
Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. (November 17, 1916 � June 27, 2005) was an American novelist and a noted historian of the American Civil War, who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative, a massive, three-volume history of the war. With geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta, Foote's life and writing paralleled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the Old South to the Civil Rights era of the New South. Foote was relatively unknown to the general public for most of his life until his appearance in Ken Burns's PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was "central to all our lives."