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What makes the Civil War so fascinating is that it presents an endless number of "what if" scenarios - moments when the outcome of the war (and therefore world history) hinged on a single small mistake or omission.

In this audiobook, Civil War historian Edward Bonekemper highlights the 10 biggest Civil War blunders, focusing in on intimate moments of military indecision and inaction involving great generals like Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and William T. Sherman as well as less effective generals such as George B. McClellan, Benjamin Butler, and Henry W. Halleck. Bonekemper shows how these 10 blunders significantly affected the outcome of the war, and explores how history might easily have been very different if these blunders were avoided.

©2018 Edward H. Bonekemper III (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Christopher OConnell
  • 16-07-2019

Fascinating

As a Civil War reenactor this read has been quite a fascinating read. Very informative and engaging. This certainly gives me a lot of extra material to talk to the public about at these events. On top of that the research is great, very knowledgable .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2021

Mistakes or Missed Opportunities a Better Title

I don't like the use of the word "blunder" in the title. After the fact hindsight analysis and research "seeing" a more complete layout of facts, strength, and positions of forces makes it " easy" to play Monday Morning QB and call the right play. I think most of the selected instances are better characterized as choices that turned out wrong or bad. Mistakes would be a better characterization. Some actions, if supported by past tendencies that show weak tactical or strategic acumen, ok then maybe rises to level of blunder (think Mcclellan's cautious approach and exaggeration s to avoid engagement). He may simply have been the wrong person for wartime command. Having said that I think the author's analysis from a historical perspective was very insightful and quite possibly accurate in it's conclusions. But they are just conjectures or educated guesses as to outcome. I think it unfair for us not involved in such stressful and complex decision making, that involves so many moving parts and coordination, to second guess others who had the responsibility to make those decisions. Some good, some bad. If only.....is a an intellectual exercise but absent information you might like to have, doesn't make the need for a decision go away.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-03-2021

Great history

The author does a great job presenting facts in a way that isn't dull and boring. He also presents possible outcomes that could've occurred that are believed by many historians to be possible.

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  • David T. Williams
  • 10-03-2021

Good book, too much snark from the narrator

I enjoy Edward Bonekemper's work, but the audible sneering of the narrator diminished my enjoyment. I preferred the narrator who read The Lost Cause. I still recommend the book, though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2021

Biggest?

There were so many blunders in the Civil War it's hard to identify the top 10. Arguments aside, this is an interesting discussion of 10 battles/campaigns/ decisions that led to unnecessary deaths and/or extended the war.

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