"A stunning book, full of color, life, character and a new atmosphere of the Civil War, and at the same time a narrative of unflagging power. Eloquent proof that a historian should be a writer above all else. I predict that Foote’s three volumes will be a turning point in the writing of Civil War history."
– Burke Davis
"This first of a three-volume history of the Civil War is so good that the reader is apt to mistrust his instant and overpowering enthusiasm. If the subsequent works in the series are its equal, novelist Shelby Foote will have written one of the finest histories ever fashioned by an American."
– Wirt Williams, Los Angeles Times
"The quality is high; the tone, cool and objective, yet lighted with excitements…. Foote’s narrative style is first-rate, vivid, and refreshing. When the trilogy is completed it will most likely stand as the most thorough history of the-Civil War yet done."
– Hudson Strode
"Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters … a stirring and stupendous synthesis of history."
– Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News
"A great, hulking book … great in quality as well as in size. Not only does the author achieve a wonderful breadth of coverage, he also recounts the events of the war with an impressive depth of understanding. His book is a major achievement in the literature of the Civil War: good research superbly written."
– Richard B. Harwell, Chicago Sun Tribune