WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
WINNER OF THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In 1864, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman marched his sixty thousand troops through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces, demolished cities, and accumulated a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the dispossessed and the triumphant. In E. L. Doctorow’s hands the great march becomes a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.
War is ugly no matter the outcome
I enjoy historical fiction. The book clearly lays out not just the facts of war but the emotion and the effects on large numbers of people we never think about.
What it May Have Been Like On Sherman’s March
Historical fiction always makes me wonder how close the personal experiences were to the author’s portrayal. E.L. Doctorow’s ‘The March’ seems so realistic and engaging in his characterization of the emotional turmoil throughout, I often felt I was there, as a ragged ‘reb’ with no shoes or a recently freed ‘darkie’ wondering what to do, where to go, or a surgeon’s assistant watching arms and legs flying out of tents. Doctorow’s writing helped me imagine the unimaginable fears and horror that those on all sides went through. The more I read of various accounts (including Jeff and Michael Shaara’s) the more clearly I understand that our civil war is still not over- the gut wrenching wounds have yet to heal- and it is well worth our study!