Citizen Sherman:: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

Michael Fellman, Author Random House (NY) $30 (486p) ISBN 978-0-679-42966-1
This is a study of William T. Sherman as a human being rather than a soldier. Fellman, who teaches history at Simon Fraser Univ., in Canada, utilizes Sherman's extensive correspondence to depict a man driven by anger. A frustrating childhood and an unhappy marriage, a foundered career in the pre-Civil War army and a succession of business failures left Sherman a seething cauldron of hostility that he unleashed on the South during the war. Yet Sherman's will kept his emotions in check most of the time. His harrowing of the Confederacy was a means to end a war he wished to be followed by a peace of reconciliation--albeit at the expense of blacks, whom Sherman detested. Postwar fame modified his contentiousness, but only in old age did he mellow significantly. Sherman's life and career highlight the fact that relationships between aggression and achievement are complex and often symbiotic. Photos not seen by PW. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/03/1995
Release date: 07/01/1995
Paperback - 500 pages - 978-0-7006-0840-9
Hardcover - 978-0-517-32174-4
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