Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

21 CDs. 26 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781442367357. $59.99. digital download. HIST
OrangeReviewStarIn this well-crafted biography, Gwynne (Empire of the Summer Moon) enters the crowded field of Civil War history, canvassing Stonewall Jackson's life from an eccentric physics professor at the Virginia Military Institute to his ascension into Southern lore and legend. Gwynne's work stands out from the rest by taking one of the conflict's more well-known figures and edifying, through lucid prose and solid research, the man behind the myth. The author capably travels beyond the battlefield and into the general's early life and relationships, subjects most other biographers leave unexplored. Cotter Smith's narration, while a bit slow, is pitch-perfect for the content.
VERDICT A relatively quick listen for such a long work, this audio is highly recommended to fans of Gwynne's previous work, books by James McPherson, and Michael Korda's Clouds of Glory. ["This popular history is recommended for all readers interested in the Civil War. Academic librarians should also strongly consider," read the review of the Scribner hc, LJ 8/14.]
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