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The Destructive War : Vintage Civil War Library - Charles Royster

The Destructive War

Vintage Civil War Library

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780679738787
Number Of Pages: 543

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From the moment the Civil War began, partisans on both sides were calling not just for victory but for extermination. And both sides found leaders who would oblige. In this vivid and fearfully persuasive book, Charles Royster looks at William Tecumseh Sherman and Stonewall Jackson, the men who came to embody the apocalyptic passions of North and South, and re-creates their characters, their strategies, and the feelings they inspired in their countrymen. At once an incisive dual biography, hypnotically engrossing military history, and a cautionary examination of the American penchant for patriotic bloodshed, The Destructive War is a work of enormous power.

"Royster's intriguing analyses fill every page with new information and offer a fresh interpretation of our bloodiest conflict...exhaustively researched, artistically written, brilliantly argued." -- Boston Globe

"Parts of The Destructive War are as good as anything written...during the last generation...a masterful narrative."

-- Washington Post Book World

"A fascinating history of the ideas held by the people who fought the war...fresh, intriguing, philosophical." -- Detroit Free Press

"An illuminating interpretation." -- Wall Street Journal

Winner of the Lincoln Prize

List of Illustrations
The Destruction of Columbia
The Aggressive War: Jackson
The Aggressive War: Sherman
The Anomalous War
The Death of Stonewall
The Vicarious War
The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
The Destructive War —
The Last Year —
The War and the Future of the Nation
The Grand Review
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ISBN: 9780679738787
ISBN-10: 0679738789
Series: Vintage Civil War Library
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 543
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.1  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1