"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 grand, sweeping narrative… will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind."
– Richard N. Current, N.Y. Herald Tribune
The Civil War:
Fredericksburg to Meridian
"This, then, is narrative history — a kind of history that goes back to an older literary tradition… The writing is superb … one of the historical and literary achievements of our time."
– T. Harry Williams, Book World
"The lucidity of the battle narratives, the vigor of the prose, the strong feeling for the men from generals to privates who did the fighting, are all controlled by a constant sense of how it happened and what it was all about. Foote has the novelist’s feeling for character and situation, without losing the historian’s scrupulous regard for recorded fact. The Civil War is likely to stand unequalled."
– Walter Millis