Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

Fierce Patriot The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman NATIONAL BESTSELLERWilliam Tecumseh Sherman was than just one of our greatest generals Fierce Patriot is a bold revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact

  • Title: Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Author: Robert L. O'Connell
  • ISBN: 9780679604693
  • Page: 349
  • Format: ebook
  • NATIONAL BESTSELLERWilliam Tecumseh Sherman was than just one of our greatest generals Fierce Patriot is a bold, revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact on the American landscape and the American character America s first celebrity general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces Some were exalted in the pubNATIONAL BESTSELLERWilliam Tecumseh Sherman was than just one of our greatest generals Fierce Patriot is a bold, revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact on the American landscape and the American character America s first celebrity general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces Some were exalted in the public eye, others known only to his intimates In this bold, revisionist portrait, Robert L O Connell captures the man in full for the first time From his early exploits in Florida, through his brilliant but tempestuous generalship during the Civil War, to his postwar career as a key player in the building of the transcontinental railroad, Sherman was, as O Connell puts it, the human embodiment of Manifest Destiny Here is Sherman the military strategist, a master of logistics with an uncanny grasp of terrain and brilliant sense of timing Then there is Uncle Billy, Sherman s public persona, a charismatic hero to his troops and quotable catnip to the newspaper writers of his day Here, too, is the private Sherman, whose appetite for women, parties, and the high life of the New York theater complicated his already turbulent marriage Warrior, family man, American icon, William Tecumseh Sherman has finally found a biographer worthy of his protean gifts A masterful character study whose myriad insights are leavened with its author s trademark wit, Fierce Patriot will stand as the essential book on Sherman for decades to come.Praise for Fierce Patriot A superb examination of the many facets of the iconic Union general General David Petraeus Sherman s standing in American history is formidable It is hard to imagine any other biography capturing it all in such a concise and enlightening fashion National Review A sharply drawn and propulsive march through the tortured psyche of the man The Wall Street Journal O Connell s narrative of the March to the Sea is perhaps the best I have ever read Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post A surprising, clever, wise, and powerful book Evan Thomas, author of Ike s BluffFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    • Matt says:

      “Not unexpectedly, Sherman’s final destination was St. Louis…[H]e was buried next to Ellen and Willy in Calvary Cemetery, a permanent resident at last… But he was America’s. He played a significant role in defining us – dimensionally, in the nature and spirit of our fighting forces, and our ethos, or at least the celebrity version of it. Historically, he was one of the ingredients for what we became. A continent for the taking brought forth people like Sherman, and they in turn produ [...]

    • Douglas says:

      Thanks to and Random House for the advance copy. This one comes out July 1st, 2014, and I highly recommend. More than a biography, Fierce Patriot is an historical account with a leading man, William T. Sherman. Instead of an exhaustive life story from beginning to end, O’Connell decides to dissect Sherman into sections: Part 1: The Military Strategist – An outline of the strategy he used to terrorize and whip the South back into the Union. Part 2: The General and His Army – How Sherman in [...]

    • Charles says:

      I pre-ordered this book the moment I saw it on amazon and began reading with great anticipation the day it arrived. Sherman is long overdue for a full-length biography and I hoped this would be it. So I wish I could write that FIERCE PATRIOT: THE TANGLED LIVES OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, by Robert L. O’Connell met my expectations. It did not. Those expectations were tempered even before I started reading. When the book arrived the first thing I noticed is how short it is. Mr. O’Connell expl [...]

    • Louise says:

      This is a good book for those who (like me before reading it) know only a few facts about William Tecumseh Sherman. Robert O’Connell gives a good outline of his highly eventful life showing him to be a military man through and through. He likes people, theater, the Union and winning. He has a great sense of geography which enhances his strategic thinking. He knows how to cut losses and thereby save lives.It is a book of surprises. The first one was on p. 5, a drawing Sherman made as a Cadet at [...]

    • Eric says:

      "In the morning Sherman imposed full discipline, rounded up his stragglers, issued one hundred rifles to such civil authorities as remained, and marched on, to the next stop of what O’Connell aptly calls the 'roadshow' of emancipation. Sherman’s culminating performance was the Grand Review of the returning armies, May 23 and 24, 1865. Two hundred thousand troops paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue, past the boxed dignitaries of Washington and seventy-five thousand cheering citizens. Sherman’s [...]

    • Stephen says:

      First of all, put aside the legends that have accrued to the name - The March to the Sea, the "War is all hell" quote - the man simply has one of the greatest faces in American history. Who but a Southerner, a Tea Party nut or a pacifist could fail to see the beauty of it?Counter to the image of these steel eyes that seem to look directly into the terror of this nation's dilemma, I am very surprised to hear that when this redhead spoke he could be nervous and verbose. I had been under the impres [...]

    • Sherri says:

      I enjoyed reading this book very much. I'm not one for military biographies in general. My husband is very knowledgeable in the Civil War and Napoleonic history, and was quite surprised to find me reading this book. Sherman was obviously one of our country's greatest generals. This I knew before reading the book. However, where O'Connell drew me in was in his early, pre-military career days. I found it fascinating that he had a varied, and moderately successful career in banking and engineering. [...]

    • Betsy says:

      This book is divided into three parts with the most interesting section being the first since it deals with the pre-Civil War years as well as the bloody conflict itself. Interestingly enough, sometimes Sherman was at war with himself which led to periods of depression and loss of self-confidence, especially after failures in business. The author clearly appreciates Sherman the warrior, pointing out his strengths as a strategist, however, he also points out his weaknesses when it comes to his le [...]

    • Jim says:

      I believe that for students of American History, both causal and serious, to say "Grant" without saying "Sherman," is simply not possible and Robert L. O'Connell's forthcoming biography on Sherman, will show us why this is true.Written in a lively and readable manner, Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman (Random House) is a three pronged approach to the story of an American General and late 19th Century celebrity. Divided into three segments, the first (and longest) deal [...]

    • Jean Poulos says:

      William Tecumseh Sherman was born in 1820 in Ohio. His family nicknamed was “Cump”. He was the grandson of Roger Sherman of Connecticut a signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the architects of the Constitution. WTS’s father moved to Ohio in 1811 and set up a legal practice. He fathered eleven children and died unexpectedly in 1829. WTC was adopted by Thomas Ewing a friend of his fathers and a wealthy lawyer and politician. Sherman’s brother John Sherman became a lawyer an [...]

    • Debbie says:

      I won my copy of this book in the first read giveaway. I'd like to thank the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read this fascinating biography. I appreciated how down to earth and readable this book was. The author goes into depth about Sherman's time at West Point, his fatherless childhood, and his life during and after the Civil War. At all times the book was engaging and interesting. The balance was good and I never found the narrative boring. O'Connell actually compares militar [...]

    • Bonnie_blu says:

      I found the book superficial, oddly segmented, and full of statements that are not supported in the text. O'Connell either gave up trying to write a perspicacious biography about Sherman or perhaps was not up to the task. Yes, Sherman was a very complex character living in a very complex time, but historical biographers have been revealing such characters for years (for example, Adrian Goldsworthy's "Caesar: Life of a Colossus"). How can a biographer expect to accurately reveal his/her subject w [...]

    • David Eppenstein says:

      While I am a voracious reader of history I can't say that the Civil War has much appeal to me. Like WWII the Civil War has been done to death and it is rare to find anything new to discover about either. Nevertheless, I purchased this book on impulse and to satisfy a needed history fix. I am not only not disappointed but actually very satisfied. The book differs from other biographies in that it deals more about the man than his military exploits. When it does delve into his military accomplishm [...]

    • Colleen Browne says:

      The title makes you think this is going to be a complex, fascinating book and I wanted it to be. Unfortunately, I found it disjointed, under researched, and a disappointment. I would love to read a good biography of Sherman but this is not it.

    • Mike says:

      I had never read much about Sherman and this was a good book for that.The book is divided into two parts. The first is a biography and the second more about the man and his life during pivotal periods after the Civil War up to his death--including all his affairs and his lifelong love and marriage with his step sister. It was very much a marriage of equals.He was a complex person as you would expect and a Westerner who ramrodded the transcontinental railroad after the Civil War. The book covers [...]

    • Steven Z. says:

      According to Robert L. O’Connell in his new book AMERICAN PATRIOT: THE TANGLED LIVES OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, the life of the Civil War hero should not be portrayed in the traditional fashion by preparing a chronological narrative because its results would be too cumbersome. Instead, the author has produced a fascinating book that consists of three parts that add up to a biography, but is organized in a rather confusing manner. What the author has written is a “pseudo-biography” that c [...]

    • Tony and Leslee says:

      An Australian perspective of an American legendAlthough I have a keen interest in the causes, intricacies, battles, brutalities and the multi-layered characters of the American Civil War, my knowledge of William Tecumseh Sherman is somewhat limited. Before reading this book I was aware of Sherman's scorched earth purge of Georgia and the Carolinas - his greatest claim to fame.Robert L O'Connell has delved into the complex relationships between Sherman and his family, friends and the Washington e [...]

    • Adam says:

      In the afterword to Fierce Patriot, his book on William Tecumseh Sherman, Robert O’Connell acknowledges a necessity at the heart of writing nonfiction: to research a subject is to devote years to them, rearrange your life around them, and become obsessed with their every decision. Sometimes this requirement comes to define a writer’s entire career. Shelby Foote spent more than twenty years researching and writing about the Civil War, and the resulting trilogy spanned nearly 3000 tightly-knit [...]

    • John Eskew says:

      I read this book to learn more about Sherman's march through the South during the Civil War - and the book delivered. But the book had many other details - Sherman's unsuccessful career before that point, his role in the Native American genocide in the West, his "Uncle Billy" persona, his contentious marriage - that, while somewhat interesting, I struggled to finish reading.

    • Cian O hAnnrachainn says:

      Some aspects of Sherman’s life were touched on as if afterthoughts, while the Cicil War era provided some in-depth analysis that proved interesting. Not the most complete treatment perhaps but worth reading

    • Becky Loader says:

      I will admit I have read quite a bit about General Sherman, so the basics here are not new to me. The author uses a lot of metaphors (really? surfing???) that just do not cut it for me. Not the best biography of a very complex man.

    • Peter Smith says:

      When you live in the South, William Tecumseh Sherman is spoken of as a boogeyman-type creature, often employed to scare young southern children into behaving by threatening a post-mortal visit in which he burns their town much like he did others. I'm originally a Yankee so I take these impressions of the Union's 2nd-in-command general with a grain of salt, but still I didn't know much about him before reading this book. It definitely fills in the blanks for his pre and post-war years. I did not [...]

    • Casey Wheeler says:

      I received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date July 1 2014) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, , Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, , etc.).I have read many books about the civil war and the key individuals involved, but this is the first one devoted to William Tecumseh Sherman. It is well written resulting in an easy and engrossing read. It also well documented with an extensive note section. This is the first b [...]

    • Steven Peterson says:

      This is a terrific biography of William Tecumseh Sherman. If one wishes to read of his military success, you will get some satisfaction. However, this is not primarily an analysis of his generalship. It is a biography--covering Sherman's life from cradle to grave, with an in-depth examination of him as a person.In that sense, we learn a great deal about him. His complex family environment provided him with great support. He was raised by Thomas Ewing, his foster father. Later he courted Ewing;s [...]

    • John Wood says:

      William Tecumseh Sherman is much more than just the general who left a trail of flames as his army marched through Georgia to the sea. He also contributed greatly to westward expansion primarily with the transcontinental railroad, and virtually created an American archetype, the celebrity, larger than life,complete with a love/hate relationship to the press. He is enigmatic in many ways. Verbally he was very racist, yet was very kind in personal contact with many blacks and seemingly respected t [...]

    • Mark says:

      O'Connell's biography is all over the place. Rather than a linear narrative, he follows his idea of three different threads of Sherman's life, in my opinion unnecessarily, as they all interlock thoroughly. Sherman the strategist comes first, of course, but we also get separate treatment of Sherman the leader of men, and of Sherman the private man: philanderer, racist, imperialist, sentimentalist, and compulsive motormouth well-known for saying provocative things in public. O'Connell is correct t [...]

    • Maria says:

      William Tecumseh Sherman is the man that burned the South. Reviled by southerns, he helped end the American Civil War that was dragging on. But his Army career spanned the continent from the swamps of Florida and the Indian battles, to the Gold Rush of California, to the later Plain Indian battles and the transcontinental railroad. He spent his career living and working to make Manifest Destiny a reality.Why I started this book: The American Civil War ended 150 years ago, and I'm working my way [...]

    • Carol Storm says:

      This is an incredible book -- I wish it had been much longer!Robert L. O'Connell has the most amazing writing style and can make anything seem fascinating. And it turns out that William Tecumseh Sherman was one of the most fascinating figures in the American Civil War. I was amazed at the family background of the man, how he was raised as a stepchild to a wealthy and powerful clan and actually married one his host family's daughters. The military analysis of Sherman's Civil War victories is amaz [...]

    • David Hardy says:

      Content was great, but I wasn't a fan of its topical rather than chronological structure. After the first part, I went from Western expansion back to the start of the Civil War, and after the second part from the end of the Civil War back to Sherman's birth. This layout lead to repeating information and also forcing the reader to piece together the timeline and development of the man. The book compartmentalized him in that sense, when it would have been nice to see his maturation across all spec [...]

    • John Newcomb says:

      I am not studying anything so i like popular history, I just need to remember how insular American historians can be. Fascinating subject, fascinating man. However regiments voting for their officers is not a unique American phenomenon. Cromwell's New Model Army was doing that two hundred years earlier and it was a tradition in many of the Roman auxiliaries. The American Civil War was a vicious and bloody escapade which Sherman managed and won and set the precedent for so many of the total war a [...]

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