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by Robert O'Connell | Read by Andrew Garman

On a detailed journey through a life, it helps to have a good traveling companion. Andrew Garman uses the perfect tone as he narrates this multilayered biography of Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. It would be easy to adopt a clinical tone, especially during the military portions, but Garman keeps the tone conversational, adding appropriate emotion to his voice. He varies the pacing nicely to keep long passages from bogging down. The author breaks Sherman's life into three areas--military, personal, and political. He was a postwar champion of Manifest Destiny. The book's structure aids the listener in following the narrative. A fascinating life combined with a skillful reading makes for an enjoyable listening experience. R.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine