To manage that, Catton supplies many anecdotes, about raiders and freed slaves and slaves killed and minor men who succeeded or failed in unusual ways. Its soldierly participants had no idea their war would drag on for another year, and this evening of finery and dance and civility was an attempt to suspend time and sublimate, if just a little, the inevitability of the savage battles soon to come, for they had no way of knowing that General Grant was about to unleash a new kind of war rarely seen in the memories of history.
A bittersweet love letter from someone who sees the terrible beauty in unimaginable pain and in stubbornly clutched hope. Catton loved his subject. What they supply is the feeling -- the frustrations of the men, the confusion of the officers, all the things that made the Army of the Potomac what it was.
Catton makes us know that very few of the men dancing on this night would long last, and that the women with whom they danced would lose them. I spent a good deal of time reading the bibliography as well as the story, because Mr.
It is one of the very greatest books I have ever had the pleasure to read. His feeling for it created electricity that shot to his fingers and moved them to write beautiful words about a terrible and momentous time.
I plan to read the other two books in this series and I have no doubt they will be as eloquent as this portion. This review has been flagged by multiple users as abuse of the terms of service and is no longer displayed show.
It percolated and boiled hot in his blood and animated his very being. Most are very good, and most are quite popular, but to distinguish them, he had to write from different perspectives.
I am glad I have finally come to the Civil War, and to Catton. It inflamed his imagination. I will be returning to him, with hat in hand, and properly humbled.
But there is balance aplenty, because Catton respects all of his combatants, and his over-arching poetry is the driving sensibility here, not how many column inches are devoted to this or that side.
There would be no quarter, no letup, no mercy, and scorched earth, and all to the last man if necessary. The supreme civil war buff that wrote, and very often entertained us, in the first volume, has transitioned in each following volume to become a most competent professional historian.
And because of that, he wrote this; this inexpressibly beautiful and moving account of horror and hope. Sometimes, I find this a little too cutesy.
The book is, after all, largely about the trials and tribulations of the much-aggrieved Army of the Potomac. Bruce Catton felt the Civil War down to his very marrow. Bruce Catton brings the civil war to life and death with his clear accounting of troop movements, strategies, missed opportunities, and person stories full of triumph and sometimes despair.
While the genuinely fascinating anecdotes that highlighted the first volume have diminished, this final volume is constantly and consistently still very interesting, blending more smoothly the "stories" with the facts and analysis.
It is a holy thing. And this is a love letter to it. Also, this final volume no longer gives the impression of blindly looking at the history from an unnecessarily one-sided perspective, a problem that occasionally marred the first two volumes.
It is, in a way, not a history but a psychological study. But I am very much a just-the-facts type. His rumination on it was deep and profound.
I was moved, not just by the content, and not just by how beautifully it was stated, but by the fact that someone wrote this, period. It would be total war. Shelby Foote; he is imminent.
It is the mark of someone who knows his subject -- this war -- inside and out; who knows it so well that telling it with absolute mastery, authority, and with more than a little poetry is second nature to him.
I was moved by the fact that someone achieved this in a book. Newly introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. This is not a book. Catton set a standard for popular histories that is rarely equalled yes, I know, Mr. It is experienced in short bursts and set aside, so that you can close your eyes and imagine and contemplate and feel, and pay all proper homage -- as you try to grasp its enormity.A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac, Vol.
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The third book in Bruce Catton’s non-fiction Civil War trilogy, A Stillness at Appomattox, came to my attention via a lofty recommendation.
It was described as an accurate, heavily footnoted work which reads like a well-written work of fiction. About A Stillness at Appomattox.
Recounting the final year of the Civil War, this classic volume by Bruce Catton won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in non-fiction.
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