The author summarized his extensive research in such a way that the battle and its participants came alive. Lee would almost certainly have ended the war on Confederate terms. Antietam represents Lincoln at his finest, as the grief-racked president--struggling with the recent death of his son, Willie--summoned the guile necessary to manage his reluctant general, George McClellan. It is apparent here that he has done just that. When it ended, 3,654 soldiers lay dead on the land surrounding Antietam Creek in Western Maryland. Bobby Lee; 5 Georgia Boys and General Chaos; 6 Instrument of Providence; 7 Mercy Follows a Massacre; 8 The Bloody Lane; 9 Down to Raisins; 10 Can 12,500 Soldiers Take One Stone Bridge? The result is a multi-faceted story that brings to bear a range of emotions surrounding the complicated events depicted. If you like Civil War History or military history in general, this is a great book.
Their number included American Indians, Hispanics, at least one Chinese, and least three African Americans. What was done with this account is very unique. They were polar opposites in many ways: Lincoln was humble, McClellan was a braggart; Lincoln was aggressive in wanting the Union to attack, McClellan was cautious to a fault; Lincoln was a Republican, McClellan was a Democrat who eventually ran for President against Lincoln. Antietam was the deadliest single day in American war history. The step by step actions and movements of the troops have been well covered by many authors. Having three maps, one of which I consider useless the map from the Soldiers Home to the White House , is unjustifiable in my mind.
Too often, battle narratives are presented in a vacuum, as if they are entities unto themselves. An excellent book for Civil War history enthusiasts or for those wanting to dip their toe into the subject. Both panoramic and intimate in scale, it situates Antietam within the context of Civil War history but also takes the reader in close, face to face with the personal reality of 19th century warfare. Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event. History really comes alive telling obscure stories like this.
Genius tells the story of one of the most important figures in the history of America. The reader could have benefitted from more detail, if not more accuracy, such as the differences in the artillery of the two respective armies. Appropriately, A Fierce Glory is more than a military history although it depicts the actual fighting vividly. My Nader bio was a primary source for An Unreasonable Man, an Academy Award nominated documentary. This battle occurred just a few days after Second Bull Run and Lee invaded the North with the thought that bringing the horror of war to the Union states there would be a better chance that Lincoln could be pressured to end the war in favor of the South. The E-mail message field is required. He provides sufficient background of the military situation without getting lost in the details.
His narrative style is breezy and conversational, quite different from the usual voice on this subject, but with it he successfully interprets some important political and military themes for a general-reader audience. The map placing the town of Sharpsburg area is of limited value to the story. This book was a delightful surprise. The subject of this book is Antietam, the single bloodiest day in American History. Justin Martin, an acclaimed writer of narrative nonfiction, renders this landmark event in a revealing new way. Temple, edited by Douglas L.
He uses language artfully to paint the scene and also ties in what was happening in Washington at the time to what was happening on the battlefield, to give a bigger picture view of the battle. Such a presentation renders the supreme sacrifices made during war meaningless. The author has primarily spent the majority of his thesis tying the battle to the Emancipation Proclamation issued as a result of the tactical but bloody Union victory. At stake were even larger issues, such as the freedom of some 4 million enslaved blacks, and the possibility of foreign intervention, which would assuredly result in a permanently divided Union. Martin Genius of Place avoids clinical military assessments and instead imbues the story of Antietam with small personal details about the very real people—from private to president—whose fates changed with the outcome. A Fierce Glory is the exception. The book is meticulous,often extremely gory.
Justin lives with his wife and twin sons in Forest Hills Gardens, New York. It was like reading about two kids playing with little green army men. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Overall Thoughts Overall, I would say this is a very solid look at Antietam and the bloodiest day in U. Rainy Day Books will have Justin Martin's Books for Sale at this Event, or you may Pre-Order for In-Store or At-Event Pick-Up through the link below. Lincoln was waiting to hear about the results of the battle before he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
His Lincoln, McLellan and Lee really came to life for me, and I learned many things I hadn't known before. Justin Martin chooses to tackle this historical battle from the aspects of General George McClellan commanding the Union Troops, General Robert Lee guiding the Confederate Troops, and the actions and reactions of Abraham Lincoln as he absorbs the slowly arriving news of this battle, taking place only 55 miles from D. The author summarized his extensive research in such a way that the battle and its participants came alive. An excellent book for Civil War history enthusiasts or for those wanting to dip their toe into the subject. Victory for Lee could have ended the war on Confederate terms.