Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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Amid the aristocratic ranks of the Confederate cavalry, Nathan Bedford Forrest was untutored, all but unlettered, and regarded as no more than a guerrilla. His tactic was the headlong charge, mounted with such swiftness and ferocity that General Sherman called him a "devil" who should "be hunted down and killed if it costs 10,000 lives and bankrupts the treasury." And in a war in which officers prided themselves on their decorum, Forrest habitually issued surrender-or-die ultimatums to the enemy and often intimidated his own superiors. After being in command at the notorious Fort Pillow Massacre, he went on to haunt the South as the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Now this epic figure is restored to human dimensions in an exemplary biography that puts both Forrest's genius and his savagery into the context of his time, chronicling his rise from frontiersman to slave trader, private to lieutenant general, Klansman to -- eventually -- New South businessman and racial moderate. Unflinching in its analysis and with extensive new research, Nathan Bedford Forrest is an invaluable and immensely readable addition to the literature of the Civil War.


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Review: Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography

User Review  - Rachel Harry - Goodreads

I enjoyed this bio mostly because the author did not show any bias against his subject. I do not like supposed bio's that editorialize about the individual it is about instead of just writing the ... Read full review

Review: Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography

User Review  - Lloyd Fassett - Goodreads

he me toned in Ken Burns 1990 Civil War documentary Read full review

Contents

FRONTIERSMAN
3
SLAVE TRADER
31
SOLDIER
69
KLANSMAN
259
PENITENT
357
EmLocuE NOTES 33 9
389
INDEX
417
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Jack Hurst is a former journalist who has written for newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Nashville Tennessean. He is the author of Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography. A descendant of both Union and Confederate military officers, he currently lives with his wife outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

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