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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Modern Library publishes Shelby Foote’s three-volume masterpiece in a new boxed set including three hardcovers and a new trade paperback, American Homer: Reflections on Shelby Foote and His Classic Civil War: A Narrative, edited by and with an introduction from Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and including essays by Michael Beschloss, Ken Burns, Annette Gordon-Reed, and others.

Random House publisher Bennett Cerf commissioned southern novelist Shelby Foote to write a short, one-volume history of the American Civil War. Thirty years and a million and a half words later—every word having been written out longhand with nib pens dipped into ink—Foote published the third and final volume of what has become the classic narrative of that epic war.

As he approached the end of the final volume, Foote recounted this scene in a letter to his friend, the novelist Walker Percy: “I killed Lincoln last week—Saturday, at noon. While I was doing it (he had his chest arched up, holding his last breath to let it out) some halfassed doctor came to the door with vols I and II under his arm, wanting me to autograph them for his son for Xmas. I was in such a state of shock, I not only let him in; I even signed the goddam books, a thing I seldom do. Then I turned back and killed him and had Stanton say, ‘Now he belongs to the ages.’ A strange feeling, though. I have another 70-odd pages to go, and I have a fear they’ll be like Hamlet with Hamlet left out. Christ, what a man. It’s been a great thing getting to know him as he was, rather than as he has come to be—a sort of TV image of himself, with a ghost alongside.”

When Percy read the final book, he wrote to Foote: “It’s a noble work. I’m still staggered by the size of the achievement. . . . It is The Iliad.”

A selection of these letters, along with essays by Jon Meacham, Michael Beschloss, Ken Burns, Annette Gordon-Reed, Michael Eric Dyson, Julia Reed, Robert Loomis, Donald Graham, John M. McCardell, Jr., and Jay Tolson, are included in American Homer, the bonus paperback book available only in the Modern Library boxed set of The Civil War.

Shelby Foote’s tremendous, sweeping narrative of the most fascinating conflict in our history—a war that lasted four long, bitter years, an experience more profound and meaningful than any other the American people have ever lived through—begins with Jefferson Davis’s resignation from the United States Senate and Abraham Lincoln’s departure from Springfield for the national capital. It is these two leaders, whose lives continually touch on the great chain of events throughout the story, who are only the first of scores of exciting personalities that in effect make The Civil War a multiple biography set against the crisis of an age.

Four years later, Lincoln’s second inaugural sets the seal, invoking “charity for all” on the Eve of Five Forks and the Grant-Lee race for Appomattox. Here is the dust and stench of war, a sort of Twilight of the Gods. The epilogue is Lincoln in his grave, and Davis in his postwar existence—“Lucifer in Starlight.” So ends a unique achievement—already recognized as one of the finest histories ever fashioned by an American—a narrative that re-creates on a vast and brilliant canvas the events and personalities of an American epic: the Civil War.

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“Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters.”—Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News
 

“A stunning book full of color, life, character and a new atmosphere of the Civil War, and at the same time a narrative of unflagging power. Eloquent proof that an historian should be a writer above all else.”—Burke Davis
 
“This is historical writing at its best. . . . It can hardly be surpassed.”— Library Journal

“Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War, as thousands of Americans apparently do, will go through this volume with pleasure. . . . Years from now, Foote’s monumental narrative most likely will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind.”— New York Herald Tribune Book Review
 
“To read this great narrative is to love the nation—to love it through the living knowledge of its mortal division. Whitman, who ultimately knew and loved the bravery and frailty of the soldiers, observed that the real Civil War would never be written and perhaps should not be. For me, Shelby Foote has written it. . . . This work was done to last forever.”—James M. Cox, Southern Review

About the Author

Shelby Foote was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended school there until he entered the University of North Carolina. During World War II he served in the European theater as a captain of field artillery. In the period since the war, he wrote five novels: Tournament, Follow Me Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh, Jordan County, and September, September. He was awarded three Guggenheim fellowships.

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Highly recommended!
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2018
I just finished reading the first volume of the three volume set. It was so interesting and so well written that it took less time than I thought, reading perhaps 20 to 30 pages a day. I have to admit that it was a bit intimidating at first as the books are larger than I... See more
I just finished reading the first volume of the three volume set. It was so interesting and so well written that it took less time than I thought, reading perhaps 20 to 30 pages a day. I have to admit that it was a bit intimidating at first as the books are larger than I expected and with very narrow margins. In other words, each page is crammed with lots of words. Fortunately, those words flow amazingly smoothly and the story line and narration are superb and gripping. I''m not a Civil War buff but love reading about history and, so far, this is one of the best books I''ve read on any historical subject. This fascinating tale woven by Mr. Foote is well researched, extremely well written and articulated and, surprisingly, well balanced, at least so far. If you have any interest in history, especially American history, then I highly recommend this three volume set. I can''t wait to get started on the second volume!
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Shelby Foote is an American Treasure
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020
I have always loved history but could not get interested in the Civil War. I saw Shelby Foote on Ken Burn''s Civil War documentary and decided to give these books a try. I could hardly put the books down and know I will revisit them to read it all again someday.
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This is the Bible of Civil War literature. A nonfiction, historically accurate book that is written without footnotes or factual references. The writing structure is that of a novel rather than a traditional history book. This format makes for a very very readable... See more
This is the Bible of Civil War literature. A nonfiction, historically accurate book that is written without footnotes or factual references. The writing structure is that of a novel rather than a traditional history book. This format makes for a very very readable book.
When an author writes thousands and thousands of words with a steel nib pen; visits every Civil War battlefield; and devotes 20 years of his life to this endeavor—-the resulting book (all three volumes) MUST be read whether or not you are an American Civil War aficionado.
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foote stands alone above all others when it comes to this era of our history
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2018
i can think of no one more capable of writing such a masterpiece account of the entire civil war. foote is, was, may he r.i.p,, the most knowledgeable person on the subject hands down!!! if youre seeking the truth about the war, this is a must own item to add to your... See more
i can think of no one more capable of writing such a masterpiece account of the entire civil war. foote is, was, may he r.i.p,, the most knowledgeable
person on the subject hands down!!! if youre seeking the truth about the war, this is a must own item to add to your library.
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Definitive Book on the Civil War
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
Shelby Foote''s amazing book describes in vivid detail of the accounts of the Civil War in 1862 onward. His descriptive style takes the reader back to the battlefields and leaders of each movement in amazing detail. You cannot put this series of books down, as they''re... See more
Shelby Foote''s amazing book describes in vivid detail of the accounts of the Civil War in 1862 onward. His descriptive style takes the reader back to the battlefields and leaders of each movement in amazing detail. You cannot put this series of books down, as they''re engaging and riveting by all accounts. Well written and accurate in all accounts with intensity and passion that I have not read in many, many books. Very well done and this could be the definitive series that will not be superseded in 50 years.

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Sean P Parker
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An important book, but tainted buy it''s loose narrative
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
While Foote provides great detail into some of the lesser known moments of the war, ultimately his weakness for the Lost Cause narrative dooms his understanding of the war. Read for a look at a gifted amateur''s look at the Civil War; stay for the rich description and... See more
While Foote provides great detail into some of the lesser known moments of the war, ultimately his weakness for the Lost Cause narrative dooms his understanding of the war. Read for a look at a gifted amateur''s look at the Civil War; stay for the rich description and tapestry of prose that can hook a non-historian. But in the end, take what the man says with a large grain of salt, read other material, and appreciate a romantic portrayal of the titanic currents of North v. South, brother against brother, and the havoc wrought upon the populace. If it encourages you to read more about the war and US history, then give Mr. Foote an additional star on my review.
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Shelby Foote is a great story teller and does an excellent job of bring ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
I learned so much from reading this series. Shelby Foote is a great story teller and does an excellent job of bring the civil war to life. There were so many instances when reading were I simply couldn''t put it down. One of the most rewarding reads of my life.
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The bible of the Civil War?
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2018
The definitive book on the history of the Civil War. It provides very comprehensive overall historical( political and economic ) perspective leading to and spanning the war. However, details of individual battles are relatively short/brief and readers who are interested... See more
The definitive book on the history of the Civil War. It provides very comprehensive overall historical( political and economic ) perspective leading to and spanning the war. However, details of individual battles are relatively short/brief and readers who are interested in battle details are urged to consult other books dedicated to the individual battles( such as Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Sharpsburg/Antietam ). This set of three books is voluminous, containing several thousands of pages.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 24, 2020
I''m British, and this is hands down the best history of the US civil war that I have read. This is a narrative account of the military progress of the war, including incredibly detailed insights into the main figures involved as well as huge amounts of anecdotal information...See more
I''m British, and this is hands down the best history of the US civil war that I have read. This is a narrative account of the military progress of the war, including incredibly detailed insights into the main figures involved as well as huge amounts of anecdotal information about the officers and men on both sides. Highly readable, I couldn''t put it down! Please note, this is not a social or political history of the reasons for war, beyond the essential facts of secession and the abolition movement. It is primarily a military narrative that paints detailed and convincing portraits of the key participants in the war, their manoeuvres and materiel, and the occasions on which they met in battle and butchered each other. There has been some (somewhat justified) criticism of the work as it does not talk about - for instance - important black figures of the abolition movement: a correct observation, but the book is not about abolition, it''s about war - don''t expect long discussions about the ''right to secede'' or the ''moral duty to abolish slavery'' by force of war. This is a book about the war itself; an account of the many thousands of 19th century Americans who took up arms and slaughtered each other in unprecedented numbers. If you are looking for a detailed political and social history of the era regarding slavery and the progress of the abolition movement; the rights and wrongs of secession (or federal force); or an account of the war in the context of contemporary discussions about white supremacy in the US or the roots of ''systemic racism'' in the transatlantic slave trade - then you will be disappointed. This book does not analyse the reasons for war in order to justify a side, it comes from a long tradition of written history that assumes you have a moral compass of your own and don''t need one spelled out. However, for a hugely informative and entertaining account of the courage & cowardice, sacrifice & selfishness, benevolence & butchery, moral crusade & madness of this historical example of killing on an industrial scale, then read this book, and re-read it. It is exciting and melancholy, inspiring and depressing: a superb achievement of scholarship and a fantastic read. Such as it is, I don''t think it will ever be equalled.
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A Masterpiece of History Writing and so much more
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2012
Many will remember Shelby Foote from the famous documentary series on the Civil War. He spoke then with the authority of someone fully versed in his subject, compassionate and with his beautiful voice. This boxed set of his magnus opus on the Civil War reads in the same...See more
Many will remember Shelby Foote from the famous documentary series on the Civil War. He spoke then with the authority of someone fully versed in his subject, compassionate and with his beautiful voice. This boxed set of his magnus opus on the Civil War reads in the same way. It is not often you can say a work of this staggering magnitude could possibly be beautifully written until you read it. Not one word is superfluous, not one description lacking. It flows over you taking you from the early lives of the 2 main political protagonists and then on from Fort Sumpter to Appomattox Courthouse and beyond. It is a tour de force and a masterpiece. If you have any interest in history, the Civil War or just how to write then read this. You will not be disappointed.
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Wonderful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2017
I thought I knew about the Civil War until I read this work. It is one of the greatest military histories I''ve read and wonderful prose literature as well. I learnt of Mr. Foote from the famous PBS series back in the 80''s; his melodious southern accent was one of the...See more
I thought I knew about the Civil War until I read this work. It is one of the greatest military histories I''ve read and wonderful prose literature as well. I learnt of Mr. Foote from the famous PBS series back in the 80''s; his melodious southern accent was one of the highlights. It is only now that I found about his work; which is good because now I have the leisure too take my time with it. I''ve spent entire weekends poring over Google Earth following the narrative in the book.
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If you are a student of the American CCivil War this is the Must read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2017
THE definitive record of the American Civil War. Written by a southerner who nevertheless impartially critiques both the North and South. Heavy going if your not a real student of the campaign as it goes into real detail. Better than Churchill''s works and on a par with the...See more
THE definitive record of the American Civil War. Written by a southerner who nevertheless impartially critiques both the North and South. Heavy going if your not a real student of the campaign as it goes into real detail. Better than Churchill''s works and on a par with the likes of Hastings in terms of quality
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Brilliant narrative
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 28, 2016
The scale and geographical extent of this conflict is captured brilliantly by Mr Foote. His ability to structure and array facts on such a grand scale and, in addition, make the whole narrative enthralling and lucid is a testament to meticulous research and his grasp of...See more
The scale and geographical extent of this conflict is captured brilliantly by Mr Foote. His ability to structure and array facts on such a grand scale and, in addition, make the whole narrative enthralling and lucid is a testament to meticulous research and his grasp of this immense subject. A remarkable achievement.
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