The Approaching Fury

The Approaching Fury : Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861

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Stephen B. Oates tells the story of the coming of the American Civil War through the voices, and from the viewpoints, of 13 principal players in the drama, including Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Nat Turner, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass. This unique approach shows the crucial role that perception of events played in the sectional hostilities that bore the United States irreversibly into civil war.In writing the monologues, Oates draws on the actual words of Ills speakers and simulates how they would describe the crucial events in which they were the principal actors or witnesses. All the events and themes in the monologues adhere to historical record.The result is an exciting history that brings the personalities and events of the coming of the American Civil War vividly to life.
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  • Paperback | 506 pages
  • 135.1 x 203.5 x 30.2mm | 403.09g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0060928859
  • 9780060928858
  • 2,178,209

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"Boldly unique and wholly absorbing...the work of a master historian."-- Richard Wheeler, author of "Witness to Gettysburg"Tells the eternally dramatic story of the coming of the Civil War from multiple points of view...This book powerfully re-creates some of the momentous events that produced the catastrophe of 1861. Mr. Oates succeeds in bringing his characters alive and in creating highly dramatic scenes for them to act out."-- Robert V. Remini, " New York Times Book Review""The research is excellent. The judgments stated are well reasoned and well grounded in his sources." -- William C. Davis, author of "Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour"Oates's approach is at once bold and inventive, daring and insightful. His epic cast of characters, or 'voices, ' vividly re-creates the range of passions and kaleidoscopic array of perspectives -- North, South, East, and West -- that propelled the nation into civil war. He re-creates in vivid personal tones the tragic picture of a nation careening out of control, marching fatalistically toward certain disaster, yet unable, or unwilling, to save itself. His dialogue between characters, ingeniously developed for maximum dramatic effect, forcefully explains the defining moment of American history like no previous narrative of the times. I found myself immersed completely in his story and his characters....A sparkling and forceful contribution to historical literature."-- Professor Daniel E. Sutherland/University of Arkansas, Department of History"Oates brings the contending voices of 1860 back to life and vividly shows why the nation leapt off the precipice into civil war. For anyone interested in those traumatic years, "The Approaching Fury isvital reading.-- "Orange County Register"There's not a false note in "The Approaching Fury.The minute you finish it, you'll want more." -- "Fort Worth Star Telegram"Oates's approach to history...seems the best possible device to prove his point: that the North and South eventually saw the world so differently that they stopped talking the same language. One eagerly awaits the promised sequel about the war years." -- "Kirkus Reviews
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