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To Make Men Free

A Novel

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Originally published by HarperCollins, "To Make Men Free" is what the author describes as "unfiction." There are no fictitious events or characters (sorry, Rhett and Scarlett). "History is an action/adventure tale," Croker says, "Generally told with the action and adventure taken out. All I do is put it back."
It was 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln anguished over the issue of ending slavery in America once and for all time. It was in the fall of 1862 that two magnificent armies collided in a small Maryland town in a battle that remains to this day the bloodiest single day in American history.  These are the stories of brave Americans on both sides who fought the Battle of Antietam to settle that all-important issue.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 16, 2004 – The bloodiest day of the Civil War, a Union victory that crushed Lee's first invasion of the North and gave Lincoln a triumphal pretext for the Emancipation Proclamation, is the subject of this rousing, panoramic debut historical. Documentary filmmaker Croker skillfully fictionalizes a meticulously researched account of the battle, the campaign that preceded it and its momentous political fallout that is more comprehensive than many nonfiction treatments. In vivid, punchy scenes, occasionally illustrated with maps, readers follow the strategic maneuvers of the Union and Confederate armies, learn how to operate a cannon and amputate a leg, and get swept up in the panic and pathos of combat. Croker fleshes out the gore and gallantry on the battlefield with a sprawling cast of well-drawn characters, from Lincoln and his cabinet down to lowly privates. Particularly interesting is his portrait of Union General-in-chief George McClellan, one of the more fascinating psyches in American history, whose mixture of insufferable vainglory and paralyzing insecurity constituted a major obstacle to a Northern victory. Croker's didactic impulses occasionally get the better of him one scene is inserted mainly to correct a common mispronunciation of a general's name and his determination to convey the entire range of perspectives on Antietam sometimes clutters the stage with incidental figures. But his combination of period detail, gripping battle scenes and psychological insight bring the epic to life. (On sale Mar. 2)
To Make Men Free
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Apr 06, 2012
  • Publisher: Little Shop Digital Media/BookLogix
  • Seller: Booklogix Publishing Services, Inc.
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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