I'm a huge American History buff and when I had an opportunity to review Sherman: The Ruthless Victor by Agostino von Hassell &Ed Breslin I was elated. I wasn't sure how I could actually read the book without prejudice because I am a Southern Girl, but I found it very enlightening and engaging.
A compelling and rounded portrait of the man who set the stage for “total warfare,” Major General William Tecumseh Sherman.
General Sherman has come to be regarded as one of the most influential military strategists and tacticians. His campaigns in the South during the Civil War set the precedent for 20th century warfare. Sherman set the stage for “total warfare,” and for this he is considered the ultimate Yankee. In the American South, even to this day he is reviled for it. He was the self-fulfilling proponent of his apt observation that “war is hell.”
Psychologically complex, intellectually brilliant, militarily inventive, Sherman was hounded by depression and plagued by an inherited tendency to nervous collapse. Nevertheless, he compelled extraordinary loyalty from his troops. Sherman will explore these and many other aspects of his life and military career.
Sherman... when most of us think about W. T. Sherman we think about Civil War Hell, but the author's take us down a road we've never been on. Sherman was ruthless, no doubt, but an important part of Civil War history. The book delves into his life and we learn more about the man not just the General. The pictures take us through his life providing great insight to William Tecumsah Sherman.
Sherman: The Ruthless Victor is a title befitting the man. He was ruthless, but cunning. He was force to be reckoned with during the Civil War. He was a great enemy to the South. Sherman was much more than that. He was a leader, who not withstanding had courage to fight for what he believed in.
I give the book 5 stars. If you're a history buff, like me then this book is a must read. If you're from the South, like me then this book is a must have.
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