The Civil War on Tape

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One of the best things about Shelby Foote's massive trilogy is how it slows the war down. The Civil War was massive, epic conflict unfolding over a period of five years. It's almost preposterous to boil it down into one book. 


And yet, when I read, I'm very much obsessed with "finishing." It's a bad habit, I know. But listening to Foote's books on tape has relieved me of that. I'm just listening, not worrying too much about finishing. It feels very much like the Civil War in real time.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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