Hymns of the Republic by S.C. Gwynne

Hymns of the Republic

From the New York Times bestselling, celebrated, and award-winning author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes the spellbinding, epic account of the dramatic conclusion of the Civil War.The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of that era’s most compelling narratives, defining the nation and one of history’s great turning points. Now, S.C. Gwynne’s Hymns of the Republic addresses the time Ulysses S. Grant arrives t...

Details Hymns of the Republic

TitleHymns of the Republic
Release DateOct 29th, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster Audio
GenreHistory, Military History, Civil War, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, American Civil War, War

Reviews Hymns of the Republic

    Two weeks ago (November 8, 2019), I had the opportunity to hear the author, S.C. Gwynne, speak about this book at a local bookstore. While I have at best a layman's interest in the Civil War, I was impressed with Gwynne's presentation, so much so that I put in a request with my neighborhood library to check out a copy of the book."HYMNS OF THE REPUBLIC" provides an apt and well-written summation of the final year of the Civil War and how it impac...
  • Christina Dudley
    Another wonderful book from S. C. Gwynne. I knew, from reading EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON 3x that Gwynne is a great storyteller, insightful and even-handed and humorous, even, and these qualities showed up again. (Lincoln's description of Genl Phil Sheridan had me giggling.) If you find all things Civil War fascinating, which I pretty much do, this is more than a worthwhile read. As the subtitle makes clear, the book covers roughly the last 14 mon...
  • Kayla Mckinney
    With thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read this ARC!Those readers who gravitate toward Civil War history always welcome the sight of a new book about the era – but may also approach said book with considerable wariness, wondering what can be left to say. Happily, S.C. Gwynne’s Hymns of the Republic not only creates new connections between familiar episodes of the struggle but creates them in beautiful and accessible l...
  • Casey Wheeler
    As with other books that I have read by the author this one is well written and researched. He takes a very different viewpoint from others that I have read about this same time period during the American Civil War. He chooses to basically state that the well known leaders of the year Grant, Lee, Sherman and Lincoln were all seriously flawed and nowhere near the heroes that they have been presented by others. A reader must remember that this is t...
  • Geoffrey
    (Note: I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley)Admittedly it is difficult to divorce S.C. Gwynne’s newest book from his previous best-selling work. “Empire of the Summer Moon”, which introduced a wide audience to Quannah Parker and the impressive Comanche Empire, was always going to be a difficult act to follow, and Gwynne makes things even more challenging by picking a topic that already has such an extensive amount written up...
  • Tad Davis
    I have a lot of problems with the book. Gwynne takes a dim view of virtually every decision Grant makes. For example, Grant made much of the fact that to defeat the Confederacy they had to destroy the opposing armies, not the cities. And Grant at Spotsylvania said he would “fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.” Shortly afterwards he pulls the army out of the line and heads south. Gwynne interprets this as a “whim,” a capricio...
  • Paul Hosse
    There are lot of books available about the American Civil War, and it's little wonder. It was the bloodiest chapter in American History. More Americans died between 1861 and 1865 than in any war before or since. Interest in the Civil War has never waned. Its repercussions are still felt to this day, some 155 years after the cannons and rifles fell silent.A few of these book have become classics. "Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year...
  • Mark Miano
    I’m a big fan of S.C. Gwynne’s nonfiction. EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER is an epic retelling of the forty year conflict between Comanche Indians and whites for control of the American West, told partly through the story of the abduction of Cynthia Ann Parker. REBEL YELL is the biography of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, and perhaps my all time favorite book about the U.S. Civil War. I love the way Gwynne inhabits his characters in these books...
  • Ralph
    This book was a joy to read. Systematically going over the last year of the war with highlights and anecdotes. The most enjoyable was how the book was laid out. Each chapter was a mini book. You could set it down at the end of a chapter and be good until time dictated time to sit down and enjoy more. But it was so good I was compelled to finish.
  • Scott Resnik
    Solid survey of the final year of the Civil War. However the author’s extreme Southern bias detracts from narrative.
  • Steve
    One of the best books I have read about the final years of the Civil War. Very detailed and covers many areas and events that lead up to the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia. This book covers the trench warfare at Petersburg, Virginia before the trench warfare in Europe during World War I, thus being the first trench warfare and the inventions of mines and the minie ball a bullet that did much...
  • Kathy
    I've read well over a hundred books about the Civil War -- and yet I learned new facts and gained a whole slew of new insights from this one. Although it is billed as a book about the last year of our four-year Civil War, Gwynne seamlessly weaves in enough background about the years leading up to that final year that even those who don't know a lot about the Civil War will not find it hard to follow. Indeed, the book reads like a novel and was so...
  • Alan Kaplan
    Hymns of the Republic is one of the best Civil War books I have ever read. The book covers the last year of the war, and it delves into the personalities and politics more than any other Civil War book that I have read. What is most interesting is that everyone believed that Abraham Lincoln had no chance of reelection during the summer of 1864. The North was tired of the war and wanted it to end. By that point of the war, the insane bloodshed had...
  • DKM
    The book is about the Civil War in 1864 and finishing in 1865. The author has done some amazing research since the references are in the back of the book. Every Northerner and Southerners should read this book in the hopes that they could both own up to their part and get over the hard feelings. At times, the book was too in-depth for me but the second half was just fascinating. The book does not show Jefferson Davis in a very good light. Lee, Gr...
  • Beattie
    A must read for all history buffs. S.C. Gwynne's latest book gives concise and very interesting details on the events of 1864 in America, the last year of the Civil War.Gwynne's prose flows terrifically, giving the reader just enough detail to vividly describe each talking point without bogging you down with too many facts. I learned quite a lot from this epic account, and appreciate Gwynne's fairly non-biased view portrayed in his accounts. For ...
  • Jquick99
    It’s over 300 pages, yet it’s missing many “interesting tidbits*”. What all else is he writing about? The author does seem to have sympathies for the Confederates. It’s in his word choice. I kept waiting for an outright full sentence/comment, but he doesn’t do that. * the author does mention Sherman and Shiloh, but doesn’t tell us that Sherman was wounded twice (hand and shoulder) and had 3 horses shot out from under him. Think abou...
  • Ethan
    A highly readable, highly engaging narrative regarding the Civil War from April of 1864 to April of 1865, focusing prominently on the stories of the major players involved.The author begins by framing the scene based on all that had happened beforehand: Union superiority in resources, Confederate superiority in tactics and leadership. The author describes U.S. Grant, Clara Barton, Robert E. Lee, and William Tecumseh Sherman in detail. The author ...
  • David
    Gwynne covers the last year of the Civil War in a fast paced and very readable book that is hard to put down. Each of the 23 chapters covers a person or event. He doesn’t try to give a chronological narrative, but allows the story to be told through mini biographies of the main characters of history. Why another history of the Civil War. The appendix is 10% of the book and includes hundreds of references. (I didn’t take the time to count them...
  • Tom
    Another good history by Gwynne. When detailing the final year of the Civil War, he points out how the conflict became increasingly bloody. The South knew it couldn't win the war, so it tried to influence the outcome of the 1864 presidential election, with the idea that a Democratic president would want to settle for peace, and thus allow slavery to continue. More Union soldier deaths would lessen Lincoln's chances of reelection. In addition, Gran...
  • Brent
    Hymns of the Republic is a compulsively readable updated history of the end of the American Civil War. In fact, to tell the last year of conflict, the author must jump back and forth in time to more fully portray the participants. So, it's more than military history, but a successful portrayal of many stories in brief, including black troops, Clara Barton, and, finally, Andersonville prison. The author will appear this Tuesday, nearby at Atlanta ...
  • James Cage
    This is an excellent book, highly recommended. I would also recommend histories of the war and biographies of Grant by Bruce Catton who (to me) does an even better job of illuminating the characters and emotional impact of those times. In particular, Grant's decision to move south after the Wilderness, or how Grant's terms to Lee at Appomattox made it possible for there to be one country after the war, without endless terrorism by guerilla soldie...
  • Ann
    The epic end of the Civil War from views from both sides, the personalities, conflicts, shortages, medical care, strategies , triumphs and failures - all in panoramic view in this book. I have read about the Civil War for years and heard tales of the Civil War with a bent toward the Southern -Confederate side as I came from a long line of Southerners although I had Unionists on one side of my ancestors. Interested Essence the whole conflict at th...
  • Henry
    Gwynne's best story-telling is what keeps the book moving. It's easy for a book on this subject to get clunky --it's all been said before when it comes to the Civil War-- but Gwynne pieces it all together. The book features some new perspectives, some debunking of old notions, and, judging by the notes, is well-researched. He gives the reader an excellent feel for the despair, impatience and war-weariness on both sides, in all factions as the war...
  • Dacy Briggs
    Hard to pick with Gwynne book has been my favorite, all are fantastic. I disagree with the reviewers who have blasted his “southern bias” in this one. I felt that his narrative was pretty balanced in its approach. Read his “Rebel Yell” for some real Southern bias. My favorite descriptions were in Mosby’s raiding of Union entrenchments and debunking many things in Sherman’s March to the Sea and Lee’s Surrender to Grant at Appomattox....
  • Tom Cross
    Meticulously researched and well-written though perhaps too heavy in detail in some chapters. The soldier attrition campaign of Grant was revealing and atrocious. Sheridan’s campaign in the Shenandoah Valley and Sherman’s southern campaign were the most impressive to read about and perhaps won the day for the North rather than Grant. Much of that detail I had not seen before in spite of reading many civil war books.
  • Adam Gilchrest
    I always feel skeptical when a book claims to address large chunks of the civil war rather than a specific battle, campaign or specific individual. There are so many great tomes that take up the task of a broad overview that the more you read the more they all begin to look like lesser versions of Foote, Catton, McPherson and the like. I enjoyed this book very much but that was mostly because I love the subject.
  • Jason Stanford
    I love Gwynne's writing so much that he's gotten me to read two Civil War books, which brings the sum total of all Civil War books I've ever read to two. It's clear after reading this that he had a ton of fun writing it. Highly recommended even for those who are the furthest things from Civil War buffs.
  • Dave
    A very readable history with several characters and key events explained in a unique way. I would recommend this to anyone interested in an intelligent but fast paced historical narrative. If depth and nuance is what you are looking for this may not be the book to read first. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this arc available through edelweiss.
  • Joseph
    This book was a pleasant surprise. I had read several other books describing the last year of the war, but this book was original and thought provoking. The author debunks several myths that have cropped up in Civil War literature and details how the war really was fought in its final twelve months. I found this book to be highly informative and interesting. A very enjoyable read.
  • Peter L
    Hymns of the Republic amplifies what we know about end of CivilJust when you think the American Civil War has been adequately covered along comes a different point of view. Clara Barton & Robert Lee are two subjects that widens & deepens. A nurse & a general provide alternate views of what we learn by reading this book which I recommend.