Terrible Swift Sword
The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan
By Joseph Wheelan
(Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780306820274, 432pp.)
Publication Date: July 2012
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A compelling new biography of General Sheridan, whose leadership and aggressive tactics helped win the Civil War, crush the Plains Indians, and save Yellowstone National Park
Joseph Wheelan, a former reporter and editor for The Associated Press, has written five books, including Jefferson’s War and Invading Mexico. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.
Kirkus Reviews, 7/1/12
“Battle by battle, Wheelan charts the swift rise of the relentlessly aggressive Sheridan. Modest, energetic and brave, Sheridan was an innovator, using mounted troops both as an independent strike force and in support of infantry operations…A sympathetic portrait of “Grant’s most dependable troubleshooter.”
Shelf Awareness, 8/14/12“History buffs, biography aficionados and even readers without vast Civil War knowledge will appreciate this book.”
Roanoke Times, 9/2/12“Wheelan has provided a detailed, very personal portrait of a dynamic American leader whose accomplishments helped shape our country after the rebellion crisis of the mid-19th century.”
Wall Street Journal, 9/8/12“Joseph Wheelan has delivered an exciting and crisply written biography that, especially in his accounts of battles, fairly gallops across the page in the company of a personality who seemed to his own contemporaries like a god of war incarnated in the body of a pint-size Irish immigrant.”
Civil War Times, December 2012“Of all the great generals of the Civil War, Philip H. Sheridan remains the most obscure, which makes Joseph Wheelan’s new Terrible Swift Sword essential reading…Wheelan’s depictions of Sheridan’s many battles…are models of lucidity. This is a worthy testament to the man.”
Collected Miscellany blog, 9/25/12“Wheelan writes in excellent prose…It is a great concise history of one of the most skilled and controversial generals in American history.”