Devil's Dream

Devil's Dream

Book - 2009
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Nathan Bedford Forrest was the most reviled and celebrated, loathed and legendary, of Civil War generals. We see Forrest off the battlefield, in the more hidden but no less telling moments of his life: wooing the woman who would become his wife; battling an addiction to gambling; overcoming his abhorrence of the bureaucracy of the army to rise to its highest ranks. We see him taking part in the business of slave trading, but treating his own slaves humanely. We see him with his slave mistress, with whom he fathered several children, and we see him reveal his gift for inspiring courage but not change.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375424885
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bel
Description: 335 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 12, 2010

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In [italics]Devil's Dream[/italics], Bell brings to life an energetic, plainspoken man who does not tolerate weakness in himself or in those around him. We see Forrest on and off the battlefield, in less familiar but not less revealing moments of his life: courting the woman who would become his wife, battling a complusion to gamble, overcoming his abhorrence of the army bureaucracy to rise to its highest ranks. We see him treating his slaves humanely even as he fights to ensure their continued enslavement, and in battle we see his knack for keeping his enemy unsettled, his instinct for the unexpected, and his relentless stamina.


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