Crossroads of Freedom by James M. McPherson audiobook

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam

By James M. McPherson
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Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665012751

Runtime: 5.82 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history, with more than 6,000 soldiers killed--four times the number lost on D-Day, and twice the number killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. In Crossroads of Freedom, America's most eminent Civil War historian, James M. McPherson, paints a masterful account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath. As McPherson shows, by September 1862 the survival of the United States was in doubt. The Union had suffered a string of defeats, and Robert E. Lee's army was in Maryland, poised to threaten Washington. The British government was openly talking of recognizing the Confederacy and brokering a peace between North and South. Northern armies and voters were demoralized. And Lincoln had shelved his proposed edict of emancipation months before, waiting for a victory that had not come--that some thought would never come. Both Confederate and Union troops knew the war was at a crossroads, that they were marching toward a decisive battle. It came along the ridges and in the woods and cornfields between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. Valor, misjudgment, and astonishing coincidence all played a role in the outcome. McPherson vividly describes a day of savage fighting in locales that became forever famous--The Cornfield, the Dunkard Church, the West Woods, and Bloody Lane. Lee's battered army escaped to fight another day, but Antietam was a critical victory for the Union. It restored morale in the North and kept Lincoln's party in control of Congress. It crushed Confederate hopes of British intervention. And it freed Lincoln to deliver the Emancipation Proclamation, which instantly changed the character of the war. McPherson brilliantly weaves these strands of diplomatic, political, and military history into a compact, swift-moving narrative that shows why America's bloodiest day is, indeed, a turning point in our history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Haunting…In some of the letters of surviving soldiers, there is a sense that the horror would forever escape the capabilities of their language and remain lodged only in their nightmares.” New Yorker
“In McPherson’s hands, the Battle of Antietam gains an urgent immediacy…his brief narrative is driven by an awareness of the element of contingency, the ‘what if’ of history. By showing how Antietam changed the course of the Civil War, Crossroads of Freedom suggests how the outcome may have shaped world history.” Los Angeles Times
“McPherson is the preeminent historian of the Civil War…His mastery extends from military affairs to politics to diplomacy, and he never loses sight of the human beings, both great and small, caught up in the war’s vortex…McPherson is a master of the miniature as well as the panorama.” Washington Post
“A graceful and engaging blend of McPherson’s scholarship and stylish writing…Crossroads of Freedom is a small but valuable gem that similarly teaches and entertains.” Boston Globe
“Accessible, elegant, and economical.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“No one could tell the story of this pivotal battle and its consequences better than Pulitzer Prize–winning Civil War historian James McPherson.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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Author

Author Bio: James M. McPherson

Author Bio: James M. McPherson

James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis ‘86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. America’s leading historian of the Civil War, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, which was a New York Times bestseller, and the Lincoln Prize for For Cause and Comrades.

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Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 5.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English