Citizen Sherman: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

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Random House, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 486 pages
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More than any other Union general, Sherman was capable of conducting mass psychological warfare in order to break the heart of the Confederacy. Sherman succeeded in large measure because he could plumb and enact his own rage with ruthless clarity. The inner nature of Sherman's genius for destruction forms the center of Citizen Sherman. But this biography is much broader than an analysis of war from Sherman's perspective, for Michael Fellman seeks to illuminate the emotional as well as the intellectual, ideological, and occupational lives of this extraordinary, but at the same time representative, American Victorian man. It was men like Sherman, statesmen of the sword, who beat the Confederacy and destroyed the Indian nations, and Michael Fellman examines, with both detachment and compassion, how such men equipped themselves to secure American nationalism.

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Review: Citizen Sherman:: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman (Modern War Studies)

User Review  - James - Goodreads

Interesting because it's less about Sherman's military campaigns (which have already been covered ad nauseam) but about his personality, racism, politics, his marital and filial relationships, and his postwar career as head of the Army. Read full review

Review: Citizen Sherman:: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman (Modern War Studies)

User Review  - Jeff Redlitz - Goodreads

Kind of forcing through but it is informative Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Michael Fellman is Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is the author of three previous books on nineteenth-century American history.

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