By E.L. Doctorow
WINNER OF THE nationwide booklet CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
WINNER OF THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER
In 1864, Union common William Tecumseh Sherman marched his sixty thousand troops via Georgia to the ocean, after which up into the Carolinas. the military fought off accomplice forces, demolished towns, and amassed a borne-along inhabitants of freed blacks and white refugees till all that remained was once the harmful brief lifetime of the dispossessed and the effective. In E. L. Doctorow’s fingers the nice march turns into a floating international, a nomadic recognition, and an unforgettable examining adventure with amazing relevance to our personal occasions.
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