My review of a good new bio of Sherman, perhaps our most interesting general
I reviewed a new bio of Sherman.
I reviewed a new bio of Sherman for the Sunday New York Times Book Review. (That is, the edition of June 19.)
My review begins thusly: “Historians cannot get enough of William Tecumseh Sherman, and no wonder. As multiple biographies have noted over the last 30 years, he is a particularly modern figure — high-strung, quotable, irritable, irreligious, prone to bouts of anxiety and depression. One earlier Sherman biographer, the British military writer Basil Liddell Hart, called him ‘the first modern general.’”
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Thomas E. Ricks is a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy. Twitter: @tomricks1
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