McClellan, Sherman, and Grant

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Here are the characters and personalities of the three great Union generals, explored with intelligence and wit by one of our most distinguished historians of the Civil War. Mr. Williams is interested not only in military skills but in the temperament for command and, most of all, in moral courage. Each of these men, he writes, "represents a particular and significant aspect of leadership, and together they show a progression toward the final type of leadership that had to be developed before the war could be won. Most important, each one illustrates dramatically the relation between character and generalship." From McClellan's eighteenth-century view of war as something like a game conducted by experts on a strategic chessboard; to Sherman's understanding of the violent implications of making war against civilians; to the completeness of character displayed by Grant, Mr. Williams's absorbing investigation offers a fresh perspective on a subject of enduring interest.

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this collection of biographies are valuable command studies. though I found little new in them, yet they are useful basis for further studies of Union Commanders. The thread certainly seems to ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

T. Harry Williams, who was Professor of History at Louisiana State University, also wrote the widely acclaimed Lincoln and His Generals and Huey Long, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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