War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta

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Westholme Publishing, 2010 - History - 522 pages
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“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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User Review  - THARVEYME - LibraryThing

Excellent coverage of Sherman vs Johnston and then Hood in the four major Battles around Atlanta, the burning of the city by both sides, and Atlanta before and after the war. Plenty of good maps which ... Read full review

Atlanta is the focus

User Review  - James Durney - Borders

This is not the book I expected. My expectations were 544 pages of front, flank & feints dealing with Sherman’s maneuvers around the city. My expectations were a book long on battle details ... Read full review

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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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