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By Shelby Foote

"An unheard of fulfillment, an American Iliad, a special paintings uniting the scholarship of the historian and the excessive clarity of the first class novelist." —Walker Percy

"I have by no means learn a greater, extra vibrant, extra comprehensible account of the savage struggling with among Grant's and Lee's armies.... Foote remains with the human strife and ache, and in contrast to such a lot Southern commentators, he doesn't take aspects. In objectivity, in diversity, in mastery of aspect in great thing about language and feeling for the folk concerned, this paintings surpasses anything at the subject.... It stands along the paintings of the easiest of them." —New Republic

"Foote is a novelist who briefly deserted fiction to use the novelist's shaping hand to historical past: his version isn't really Thucydides yet The Iliad, and his tale, blameless of notes and formal bibliography, has a literary layout. now not through accident...but for cathartic influence is rather a lot house given to the war's unwinding, it really is ultimate shudders and convulsions.... To learn this chronicle is an amazing and relocating event. background and literature are hardly so completely mixed as the following; one finishes this quantity confident that nobody want adopt this actual company again." —Newsweek

"The so much written-about warfare in heritage has, with this crowning glory of Shelby Foote's trilogy, been given the epic remedy it deserves." —Providence Journal

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