Sherman: A Soldier's Life #2020

Sherman: A Soldier's Life By Lee B. Kennett Sherman A Soldier s Life In the crowded battlefield of Civil War commanders William Tecumseh Sherman stands apart Others are often summed up in a few words the stubborn taciturn Grant the gentlemanly gifted Lee the stompin
  • Title: Sherman: A Soldier's Life
  • Author: Lee B. Kennett
  • ISBN: 9780060174958
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sherman: A Soldier's Life By Lee B. Kennett In the crowded battlefield of Civil War commanders, William Tecumseh Sherman stands apart Others are often summed up in a few words the stubborn, taciturn Grant the gentlemanly, gifted Lee the stomping, cursing Sheridan and the flamboyant, boyish Stuart But the enigmatic Sherman still manages to elude us Probably no other figure of his day divides historians so deepIn the crowded battlefield of Civil War commanders, William Tecumseh Sherman stands apart Others are often summed up in a few words the stubborn, taciturn Grant the gentlemanly, gifted Lee the stomping, cursing Sheridan and the flamboyant, boyish Stuart But the enigmatic Sherman still manages to elude us Probably no other figure of his day divides historians so deeply leading some to praise him as a genius, others to condemn him as a savage.Now, in Sherman, Lee Kennett offers a brilliant new interpretation of the general s life and career, one that embraces his erratic, contradictory nature Here we see the making of a true soldier, beginning with a colorful view of Sherman s rich family tradition, his formative years at West Point, and the critical period leading up to the Civil War, during which Sherman served in the small frustrated peacetime army and saw service in the South and California, and in the Mexican War Trying to advance himself, Sherman resigned from the army and he soon began to distinguish hiniself as a general known for his tenacity, vision, and mercurial temper Throughout the spirited Battles of Bull Run and Shiloh, the siege of Vicksburg, and ultimately the famous march to the sea through Georgia, no one displayed the same intensity as did Sherman.From the heights of success to the depths of his own depression, Sherman managed to forge on after the war with barely a moment of slowing down Born to fight, he was also born to lead and to provoke, traits he showed by serving as commanding general of the army, cutting a wide swath through the western frontier, and finally writing his classic and highly controversial memoirs Eventually Sherman would die famous, well to do, and revered but also deeply misunderstood.By drawing on previously unexploited materials and maintaining a sharp, lively narrative, Lee Kennett presents a rich, authoritative portrait of Sherman, the man and the soldier, who emerges from this work human and fascinating than ever before.
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    About "Lee B. Kennett"

    1. Lee B. Kennett

      Lee Boone Kennett was a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Georgia He lived in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina until his death in 2011 after a long struggle with Alzheimer s disease.Kennett had a long career as a historian and a writer, in which he specialized in military history He received many honors, prizes, and awards, including the University of Georgia Research Award, the Lindbergh Professorship at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C a position as a visiting lecturer at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Aeronautical Section, in Moscow, and his decoration by the French Government as Chevalier, Ordre des Palmes Academiques, for services to French culture.Besides his devotion to the study of history, Prof Kennett also liked old cars and cats.

    143 thoughts on “Sherman: A Soldier's Life”

    1. Lee Kennett has written a frank, no frills biography about one of America s most famous soldiers A must read for all Civil War students Well worth your time if you enjoy good, clear biographies.


    2. If you are looking for a complete biography, this isn t it Kennett focuses most of his attentions on William T Sherman s military career As such, I wasn t even sure how many kids he and his wife had What he does offer is a complex portrait of a complicated and controversial figure He doesn t mince words or try to make Sherman anything less than what the man himself probably would have liked He wasn t necessarily a good or evil man He was a soldier above all, and did what he did to win his war Th [...]


    3. Great in depth biography of a man who produced accolades and scorn from Civil War era Americans Lee Kennett examines the eccentricities of a true soldier, scabs and all A must read for anyone interested in than just the famous battles of the War Between the States Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio, and being a Buckeye myself I wanted to learn about this famous Ohioan He turned out to be an itinerant soldier who never really enjoyed his times in his home state In his own memoir he didn t even [...]


    4. People either love him or hate him, think he s evil or that he s a hero Certainly, as Kennett shows, Sherman was a complex and erratic person, difficult to predict, much less to categorize Kennett, for the most part, maintains a careful neutrality, judging the man by what he himself wrote and what his contemporaries wrote about him, as well as by his actions This biography is well researched and interestingly written It also sheds new light on such historical, often reviled, events like the burn [...]


    5. This book details the life of William Tecumseh Sherman Focusing mainly on his military career it briefly follows his boyhood in Ohio then his time at West Point and his pre Civil War time in the military, unlike many of his contemporary s he didn t fight in the Mexican war but was stationed in California It deals with his brief career as a banker before spend the rest of the book detailing his Civil War service and his post Civil War career as general of the Army His hatred of politicians and re [...]


    6. While it cover General Sherman s entire life, it doesn t do so in much depth Readers interested in his Civil War campaigns and battles are better served with actual campaign studies Still, one gets a good idea of his personality author Kennett attributes much of his actions or reactions to narcissism, an interesting take Wonder what the next book will say While there are end notes, they are not numbered that is, the reader won t know they re there until finishing the book or glances back there o [...]


    7. This was a fine book, but i thought it would contain about Sherman s march and instead it was definitely a biography and almost glossed over the famous march One thing i didn t like about the book is the retrospective psycho analysis diagnosis or Sherman If you re looking for a biography of Sherman, this one s pretty good, but if you re looking for information on the march to the sea, then you won t find much here.


    8. Okay, I admit it I think I am half in love with William T Sherman ThereI said it.I love Kennett s approach to both the factual details as well as psychological thoughts on the Cump s personality He was a fascinating character in history and Kennett keeps the information moving seamlessly.


    9. Fundamentally a solid bio Kennett tended to rush a bit through Sherman s career and over tidily arranged his chapters into succinct nuggets of time and place, but created a deeper personal profile than is typical of treatments of Sherman I m still not certain I buy his portrait, but it is well worth a hearing The Epilogue was masterful and gave even context to the previous material.


    10. Probably the most memorable aspect of this book for me was a thought provoking forensic psychological view of General Sherman as having a narcissistic personality disorder.Beyond that, it reads well and seems comprehensive without being overly voluminous and well researched, but perhaps a bit dry.


    11. Very interesting look at one of the most important generals of the Civil War The book tackled the rumors of insanity and why he was so hated in the South after the war My one complaint is that even though the subtitle is A Soldier s Life, there is a lack of coverage of his military ability.



    12. A must read for Civil War buffs.Many new learnings about one of my favorite Civil War generals You need to give it a go J Scott Ball


    13. Many boigraphies are dry, but this was Sahara sand I appreciate the attention to detail the author put forth but it was almost painful to read I got half way thru and then had to quit.



    14. Excellent book Fairly quick read for a historical biography Used lots of personal correspondence which made it insightful Well researched.


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