Crossroads of Freedom

Version: Unabridged
Author: James McPherson
Narrator: Nelson Runger
Genres: History, North America
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 45 minutes
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James M. McPherson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times best-selling author, and America's leading Civil War historian. In this powerful book, he reconstructs the gripping Battle of Antietam-the single bloodiest day in the history of American combat. In stunning detail and with remarkable insight, McPherson makes a convincing case that Antietam was the battle that changed the course of the war.

Reviews (4)

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam 1862

Written by Anonymous on March 26th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Overall excellent! The book provided not only a good tactical review of the battle itself but also the various strategic, economic and international events leading up to the battle as well as the ramifications of the battle on those various aspects. Until I listened to this book, I was of the mistaken opinion that Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War, it was, in fact, Antietam!

Crossroads of Freedom: Antitam 1862

Written by Steve Goodwin on July 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

VERY informative and interesting. The battle is explained in the context of the 1st half of the Civil War. Gave me perspective on how trivial my day to day concerns are compared to what our predecessors struggled to overcome.

crossroads of freedom

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on March 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This story was about what lead up to the battle, not much about the battle. I was disappointed because I wanted more info about the battle.

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam 1862

Written by Peter Maugle from Hatfield, PA on October 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you are looking for a book on the Battle of Antietam, this is not it. The title is very misleading. Only about 20% of the book actually has to do with Antietam. It should be entitled "The First Year of the Civil War." About 60% of it details virtually every political, social and military event that led up to the battle. The last 20% deals with the aftermath. If you've ever read any other of McPherson's works, get ready for the same stuff - verbatim. Material from "Ordeal by Fire" is included word for word. This is in no way a critisism of McPherson's ability as a historian, but having just read another of his works, it was basically a rehash.

Author Details

Author Details

McPherson, James

James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1962. A native of North Dakota, he received his bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. He has written seven books on the Civil War era, including "Battle Cry of Freedom", for which he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in history. His most recent book is "Images of the Civil War", a collaboration with painter Mort Kunstler.