NATIONAL BESTSELLER William Tecumseh Sherman was more than just one of our greatest generals. Fierce Patriot is a bold, revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact on the American landscapeaand the American character. Americaas first acelebritya general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces. Some were exalted in the public eye, others known only to his intimates. In this bold, revisionist portrait, Robert L. OaConnell captures the man in full for the first time. From his early exploits in Florida, through his brilliant but tempestuous generalship during the Civil War, to his postwar career as a key player in the building of the transcontinental railroad, Sherman was, as OaConnell puts it, the ahuman embodiment of Manifest Destiny.a Here is Sherman the military strategist, a master of logistics with an uncanny grasp of terrain and brilliant sense of timing. Then there is aUncle Billy, a Shermanas public persona, a charismatic hero to his troops and quotable catnip to the newspaper writers of his day. Here, too, is the private Sherman, whose appetite for women, parties, and the high life of the New York theater complicated his already turbulent marriage. Warrior, family man, American icon, William Tecumseh Sherman has finally found a biographer worthy of his protean gifts. A masterful character study whose myriad insights are leavened with its authoras trademark wit, Fierce Patriot will stand as the essential book on Sherman for decades to come. Praise for Fierce Patriot aA superb examination of the many facets of the iconic Union general.aaGeneral David Petraeus aShermanas standing in American history is formidable. . . . It is hard to imagine any other biography capturing it all in such a concise and enlightening fashion.aaNational Review aA sharply drawn and propulsive march through the tortured psyche of the man.aaThe Wall Street Journal a[OaConnellas] narrative of the March to the Sea is perhaps the best I have ever read.aaJonathan Yardley, The Washington Post aA surprising, clever, wise, and powerful book.aaEvan Thomas, author of Ikeas Bluff From the Hardcover edition.From his early exploits in Florida, through his brilliant but tempestuous generalship during the Civil War, to his postwar career as a key player in the building of the transcontinental railroad, Sherman was, as OaConnell puts it, the ...
|Author||:||Robert L. O'Connell|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2014-07-01|