War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta

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Westholme Publishing, Sep 2, 2010 - History - 522 pages
15 Reviews

“One of the finest Civil War books in years.”—Mobile Press-Register

“Excellent. . . . a memorable and moving portrait of a besieged city.”—Booklist

“An absolute pleasure to read.”—Civil War News

“Mr. Bonds correctly notes that recent revisionist historians have tried to play down or even deny Sherman's role in the burning.”—Winston Groom in the Wall Street Journal

“The freshness of the writing style, the pace of the story, and the handling of an entire campaign is as compelling as Bruce Catton's landmark Army of the Potomac trilogy.”—Civil War Librarian

“Well-researched and well-written. . . . excellent character sketches. . . vivid and moving. . . . maps and diagrams of the battles are outstanding.”—Bowling Green Daily News

“Magnificent.”—Civil War Notebook

“Russell S. Bonds has an impressive ability to combine combat narrative with shrewd analyses of commanders' performances.”—James M. McPherson, author of Tried by War

“Using his skills as both historian and storyteller, Russell S. Bonds has given us what might have seemed impossible—a fresh, new look back at Atlanta.”—Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South

A masterpiece of prose and research, the definitive history of the struggle for Atlanta during the Civil War, an episode immortalized by the novel Gone with the Wind.

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Review: War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta

User Review  - Christina Jacqueline Jacqueline - Goodreads

This is a really good book. I started it as part of a research project for a theater production. I ended up using a lot of the primary source material quoted in the book. But, it was a great read as ... Read full review

Review: War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta

User Review  - Lance - Goodreads

Bonds succeeds again in bringing a fresh perspective to Civil War history. Just as in his previous book, Stealing the General, Bonds illuminates a subject we think we know well and comes up with new ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Russell S. Bonds is an attorney in Atlanta and author of Stealing the General, also available from Westholme Publishing.

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