Cover of: Unconditional Surrender | Albert Marrin

About the Book

Dramatic yet well balanced, a biography framed by chapters outlining Grant's earlier and later life while focusing on his major military campaigns and offering perspectives of civilians in charge as well as of generals and the soldiers who carried out their orders. The author is particularly effective in depicting motivations, whether of patriotic ordinary soldiers or scheming generals; he points out that Lee personally abhorred both slavery and secession but felt honor bound to defend his home state, while Lincoln, Grant, and other Union generals insisted that they were fighting only to preserve the Union. Graphically, he portrays the waste and slaughter that destroyed young soldiers' visions of easy victories, and the sufferings of civilians in this first “total war.'' Moving effortlessly from one viewpoint to another, Marrin considers Grant's mistakes and failures along with his hard-won successes, humanizing his portrait with details of a loving family life and struggles with political and military enemies. An excellent complement to Jim Murphy's The Boy's War (1990). Contemporary illustrations (mostly portraits); source notes; extensive bibliography; index.

About the Edition

An account of Grant's life and his role in the Civil War.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 194-196) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973.7/3/092
Library of Congress
E672 .M3 1994

The Physical Object

Pagination
200 p. :
Number of pages
200

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1411248M
Internet Archive
unconditionalsur00marr
ISBN 10
0689318375
LC Control Number
93020041
OCLC/WorldCat
27975528
Library Thing
2075226
Goodreads
759940
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