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Thomas Nelson Publishing Company has released a series called The Generals, biographies of the great generals of American history Several months ago, I read and reviewed Lee A Life of Virtue.I loved it So when I had the chance to read and review another book in this series, I jumped at it This time around, I read Sherman The Ruthless Victor Again, I loved it However, I have to say that I m not a big fan of William Tecumseh Sherman.Sherman was one of the first to implement the concept of Thomas Nelson Publishing Company has released a series called The Generals, biographies of the great generals of American history Several months ago, I read and reviewed Lee A Life of Virtue.I loved it So when I had the chance to read and review another book in this series, I jumped at it This time around, I read Sherman The Ruthless Victor Again, I loved it However, I have to say that I m not a big fan of William Tecumseh Sherman.Sherman was one of the first to implement the concept of total war , the goal being to leave your opponent unable to continue to fight Early warfare was structured, armies facing each other across a field of battle, visible to one another During the Revolutionary War, that started to change, as American colonists adopted native American methods of fighting By the time of the Civil War, this was becomingaccepted in war But Sherman, along with Grant and a few others, began to take this concept one step farther Not only did they use concealment as they fought they attempted to annihilate the enemy s ability to fight back This meant destroying supply lines, ammunition stores, factories and industry, and anything else that would enable the enemy to continue to wage war.Sherman took this too far by destroying homes and possessions that didn t fit into this criteria.While I m not a fan of Sherman, I did love the book It was well written and very informative It was definitely worth reading If you are a history buff, especially of the Civil War era, I suggest you pick up a copy and read it You won t be able to put it down.Who is your favorite American general You can leave your thoughts in the comments section below A troubling biography.Thomas Nelson Publishers has stepped out and published an attractive series of short biographies of American generals all nicely bound and immensely readable But, I found Sherman The Ruthless Victor to bethan a little troubling for what really amounts to just a few sentences in a 163 page book.Clearly von Hassell and Breslin are not writing this biography as fans of Sherman they dislike the man as a person and do not respect his accomplishments on the battle A troubling biography.Thomas Nelson Publishers has stepped out and published an attractive series of short biographies of American generals all nicely bound and immensely readable But, I found Sherman The Ruthless Victor to bethan a little troubling for what really amounts to just a few sentences in a 163 page book.Clearly von Hassell and Breslin are not writing this biography as fans of Sherman they dislike the man as a person and do not respect his accomplishments on the battlefield That is fine I can live with a negative biography of an historical figure, but this book has moments that stretch the limits of responsible biographyReadat I ve whole heartedly enjoyed the Generals series because each book has opened my eyes to the story of an heroic historical figure and detailed some practical and important leadership practices And I m honestly glad the editors included this entry in the series as well as it reveals the other side of leadership one I m farfamiliar with.Sherman was something of a scoundrel One of those weaselly folks we all work with at some point in our lives who does everything they can to take credit I ve whole heartedly enjoyed the Generals series because each book has opened my eyes to the story of an heroic historical figure and detailed some practical and important leadership practices And I m honestly glad the editors included this entry in the series as well as it reveals the other side of leadership one I m farfamiliar with.Sherman was something of a scoundrel One of those weaselly folks we all work with at some point in our lives who does everything they can to take credit for anything good that happens while disappearing completely when things go awry Sherman did this at pretty much every turn of his career, military and otherwise He failed time and time again in business and avoided military assignments he deemed destined for defeat However, on the positive side, he did persist and he did eventually succeed Unfortunately, even in his success, he failed as a leader possibly because he was so determined to be loved by all and paranoid that he was hated by all Despite his acumen for leadership, he chose to let his soldiers cross the line of humanity time and time again, justifying it as best he could.Another great read from the series and another reminder that we need better History curriculum in schools from trudatmusic dot com slash raw This book was a difficult read for me At my age, I prefer books that are uplifting and inspiring.I found nothing uplifting or inspiring in the story of William Tecumseh Sherman.Instead I found a military man who regarded his in laws as domineering, and wished to make himself aloof to them At times to the point of alienation His gruff demeanor would have been a burden on any wife, and yet how his wife perceived him isn t addressed by the writers.I found him harsh and uncaring And when reading This book was a difficult read for me At my age, I prefer books that are uplifting and inspiring.I found nothing uplifting or inspiring in the story of William Tecumseh Sherman.Instead I found a military man who regarded his in laws as domineering, and wished to make himself aloof to them At times to the point of alienation His gruff demeanor would have been a burden on any wife, and yet how his wife perceived him isn t addressed by the writers.I found him harsh and uncaring And when reading between the lines, perhaps even endangering to those put under his charge.I do not care for this book at all, and cannot begin to imagine how this biography made it into The Generals series of books.I allow this book one star alone and that is entirely for the photographs included.I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18, and it should be read solely as a lesson in how a young man should not lead his life Disclosure This book was provided by Book Sneeze in exchange for an independent and non bised review ( DOWNLOAD BOOK ) ⚆ Sherman: The Ruthless Victor ☦ He was named after an enemy of the United States He was proslavery despite his loyalty to the Union He burned and pillaged an already beaten foe on a march history will never forgetIf, as he famously said, war is hell, William Tecumsah Sherman can be classified as a flamethrower of ruthless ferocity Defined by his contradictions, Sherman achieved immortality in his role as Ulysses Grant s hammer in the Civil War A failed banker and lawyer, Sherman found his calling with the outbreak of war inWith indecision a common ailment among Union generals early the conflict, Sherman s temperment and unwavering focus on the mission at hand preserving the Union helped shift the fortunes of North and SouthAuthors Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin present Sherman as once man and phenomenon From Bull Run to Shiloh, from Vicksburg to Chattanooga, and from Atlanta to Savannah, Sherman carved the Confederacy with a feral singularity of purpose At times disheveled and informal to a fault, Uncle Billy became a hero whose legend only grew with allegations of villainy For my complete and sadly, scathing review of this book, visit The Beauty of Eclecticism For my complete and sadly, scathing review of this book, visit The Beauty of Eclecticism