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.
America's greatest internal conflict is brought startlingly to life in this masterful fictional exploration of the slaves, soldiers and leaders who lived through it all. The action focuses on Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's 1864 march through Georgia and the Carolinas a march that led more than 60,000 Union troops across the land, leaving a swath of destruction and ruin in its wake. Morton handles the voices of the diverse cast with incredible variety and precision. He shifts seamlessly from the cold, proper dialect of the surgeon Colonel Sartorius, to the lowborn speech of Pearl, a light-skinned slave who is passing as a drummer boy in Sherman's army. Morton's narration, like Doctorow's prose, is quietly powerful, and propels the story forward as relentlessly as Sherman's advancing armies. Morton has always been a terrific character actor onscreen, and he brings those same outstanding qualities to this audiobook production. His performances does more than simply translate a book to audio; it truly enhances the reading experience. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Reviews, July 18).
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!