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Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell (review)

Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell (review) jason phillips, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University, is the author of Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility (University of Georgia Press, 2007). Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman. By Robert L. O’Connell. (New York: Random House, 2014. Pp. 432. Cloth, $28.00; paper, $18.00.) William T. Sherman is one of the most important fi gures of the American Civil War and the latter half of the nineteenth century. Biographers have been producing works on General Sherman since the end of the war. This makes it extremely diffi cult for the modern historian who wants to write about him, since there are so many good biographies of the man. In Fierce Patriot, Robert L. O’Connell has written something beyond just another biography of Sherman. O’Connell’s Fierce Patriot can best be described as a character study of Sherman. More than presenting facts and detailing the events of the man’s life, this work answers the question “Who is Sherman?” It answers this question in a rather unique way. Instead of writing the traditional biogra- phy that starts with the subject’s birth and ends with his death, O’Connell divides his work into three sections, covering http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 5 (2) – May 7, 2015

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jason phillips, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University, is the author of Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility (University of Georgia Press, 2007). Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman. By Robert L. O’Connell. (New York: Random House, 2014. Pp. 432. Cloth, $28.00; paper, $18.00.) William T. Sherman is one of the most important fi gures of the American Civil War and the latter half of the nineteenth century. Biographers have been producing works on General Sherman since the end of the war. This makes it extremely diffi cult for the modern historian who wants to write about him, since there are so many good biographies of the man. In Fierce Patriot, Robert L. O’Connell has written something beyond just another biography of Sherman. O’Connell’s Fierce Patriot can best be described as a character study of Sherman. More than presenting facts and detailing the events of the man’s life, this work answers the question “Who is Sherman?” It answers this question in a rather unique way. Instead of writing the traditional biogra- phy that starts with the subject’s birth and ends with his death, O’Connell divides his work into three sections, covering

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 7, 2015

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