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Lincoln's Lieutenants

The High Command of the Army of the Potomac
Written by: Stephen W. Sears
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: History, Americas

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Gettysburg, a multilayered group biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac.

The high command of the Army of the Potomac was a changeable, often dysfunctional band of brothers, going through the fires of war under seven commanding generals in three years, until Grant came east in 1864. The men in charge all too frequently appeared to be fighting against the administration in Washington instead of for it, increasingly cast as political pawns facing down a vindictive congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. President Lincoln oversaw, argued with, and finally tamed his unruly team of generals as the eastern army was stabilized by an unsung supporting cast of corps, division, and brigade generals. With characteristic style and insight, Stephen Sears brings these courageous, determined officers, who rose through the ranks and led from the front, to life.

©2017 Stephen W. Sears (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • John
  • 19-01-20

Counterpoint to Lee's Lieutenants

A well read command history of the Army of the Potomac and a useful overview of it's relationship with President Lincoln's government.

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  • Eric Jones
  • 06-11-19

Excellent text; performance not as much

This is an outstanding treatment of the Army of the Potomac's high command. It isn't a great starting point for learning about the Civil War in the East, but of you are already a student of the war I highly recommend it. The narrator has a good and pleasant voice but a very odd cadence that I found distracting.

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  • Paul S.
  • 10-08-17

Good, but not what I thought

He book was far more technical and discussed the individual battle movements than the personal relationships and struggles between the generals. If you like Civil War history it is very good.

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  • James Obrien
  • 11-04-20

Great book on the Army of The Potomac

Be aware that this book is about the leaders in the Army of The Potomac. When I selected it from the iPhone app, that part of the subtitle was evident. I had assumed it was going to be about ALL of the Union Army leaders.
I’m not complaining though. The AOP had more than enough drama for a hundred armies. And while yeah I know that some people say Sears is unfair to McClellan and he deserves more credit- I don’t care. Sears’ dry and subtle digs are hilarious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-19

terrific story that needed to be told

Fourth book I have enjoyed by Mr. Sears: excellent!
Finally, a book dedicated to the Grand Army of the Potomac.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-19

it's all about the men<br />

A wonderful account of the men that lead the union army in great detail. what you won't find here is any deep tactical understanding of the why's of each battle. what you will find is a stereo typical understanding of leaders yet poor leadership and the struggles Lincoln had in finding a leader and leadership leading up to general Grant's appointment and subsequent victory.

what can't escape the reader is how politics played as important a role during the war as it does today.

a great book if you really want to get in the heads of those that lead the union armies.

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  • VLY
  • 28-07-17

Dictionary please

Please learn to properly pronounce the names of the people covered by the book before you produce or perform the narration.

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  • Conn Crowley
  • 06-08-20

Worst narrator ever.

The story is good but the narrator is terrible. Difficult to understand at times, he slurs he words a lot. Worst I've heard on any Audible book I've listened too.