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by Robert Leckie

A narrative of the American Civil War captures the drama and tragedy of this shattering conflict, and covers strategies, politics and economics
Download None Died in Vain: The Saga of the American Civil War epub
ISBN: 0060162805
ISBN13: 978-0060162801
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Robert Leckie
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (May 1, 1992)
ePUB size: 1908 kb
FB2 size: 1561 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 271
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I am a dedicated reader of Robert Leckie's works, and I was not disappointed with this Civil War history. The book weaves the political, military and social threads of the era into a fine literary fabric, though the real strength of this and of all Mr. Leckie's works is the author's ability to re-animate the characters. With few exceptions, he is even-handed and non-judgmental and allows the reader a wonderful intimacy with the famous, the infamous and the anonymous alike.
A must read, will help give anyone a more thorough understanding/perspective of the civil war and events leading up to it.
not Leckie's best
This book was a library book copy. Buyer beware !
This book is great for readers who want a general overview of the U.S. Civil War. It can also be interesting to those with a good understanding of the war, because there are items of interest I've not read in other histories of that era. The only thing that seemed to slow things down was when the author stopped to give brief bios of some of some of the officers, on both sides. There were stand alone chapters on some of the major figures like Lincoln, Jefferson, Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Jackson. These were worth reading, but the others, though brief, seemed to slow things down. Overall, it was well-written and interesting.
None Died in Vain is the tale of the American Civil War. However, this book doesn't begin by plunging into the war as usual history books do; on the other hand, it starts before that. The first settings are of slavery in the south. Then it gradually introduces all the major characters-the people that would become heroes and leaders of their time during the war. The war then comes alive. The battles begin, and so do political arguments. Finally, after an exciting war, it ends with Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
I enjoyed this book because of the way the author makes the war become real. History books often tell of the Civil War in a monotonous way that could make me fall asleep. Or, the book opens great, but it becomes much too long. This book, on the other hand, starts off a bit boring, but as it launches into the war, it is history come alive. I love the way he describes the people's childhoods and grown-up days. It gives a nice background for each war hero. No other author has ever done that-they usually just tell what they are supposed to and end at that. The only flaw is the hardness. Sometimes I didn't understand what the author was trying to say, even after reading the same phrase to myself a couple of times.
My favorite part was the telling of the childhood of Jefferson Davis. I have often read books about his opposer, Abraham Lincoln, for I am a northerner. All of the books I read about the Civil War times is told from the point of view that displays Jefferson Davis as a bad guy, and not someone I'd like to know about. However, after I read about his life, I decided that he wasn't so bad after all-he was just another person doing what he thought was right. An in a way, he is great about sticking to what he feels is needed to be done. And I found out that Jefferson Davis's life is just as interesting as Lincoln's.
I read Leckie's "Delivered From Evil," a few years ago and was blown away with the amount of WWII knowledge packed into one book. When I heard about "None Died in Vain," I was eager to dive into it and find the same results as "DFE," but unfortunately, I didn't quite get it.
Not that I didn't enjoy Leckie's take on the Civil War but when I finished, I found myself asking for more. "None Died in Vain", which is written in Leckie's very interesting and reader-friendly, borderline-novel style is a good general overview of the Civil War but it does not dive as deep into the conflict as I had hoped. A good example of this is that he wrote 47 pages on the Battle of Gettysburg, one of, if not THE, most important battle in the war. Yet for the Battle of Chickamauga, Leckie covers the military operations of that fight in just three pages even though it happened to be the bloodiest two-day battle in the entire war! He also glosses over the Battle of Brandy Station, one of the largest Cavalry conflicts in history and skips entirely over major Western battles like Brices Cross Roads and Tupelo. I got the feeling at the end of the book that he was ready to wrap things up too (he wrote 135 pages on events happening before Ft. Sumter, a great lead-in, but wrote just 29 pages about events after Appamattox with nothing on reconstruction).
Examples like this kept me frustrated while reading the book but Leckie's engaging style of writing still kept me entertained. Leckie does hit all the major points and like in his other books, gives brief biographies on all the major players.
I would suggest this book to anyone who is a huge Leckie fan and can't get enough of his writing or to someone who has always asked the question "What exactly was the Civil War all about?" and wants to read just one book about the subject but has more class than buying an "Idiot's Guide to the Civil War". For someone who wants more on the Civil War, look into works by Shelby Foote, Bruce Catton or James McPherson.
Robert Leckie doesn't mince words. He writes in a rush. His writing is compact, succinct, and to the point yet he provides good detail for those events that warrant it. He does not waste time, yours or his.
This is a writer on a mission. His reader has no doubt where he stands. You will not find much gray here; he is a historian who sees cause and effect, black and white. He is focused, circumspect, acerbic, hilarious and truthful.
The result is that None Died in Vain is one of the finest single volume histories on the American Civil War. This book is not short or superficial. When you are done with Leckie's 658 pages, you will know what happened and why. You will know all the principle characters, the good ones and the bad ones who struggled for their respective sides.
This book is fun. This book is well written. This book is all you need to gain a very solid understanding of what occurred.