Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest

In Search of the Enigma

Book - 2007
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The name Nathan Bedford Forrest stirs conflicting emotions among those acquainted with his history. Here he is presented as a man of many passions and abilities, a man who, faced with financial ruin at the end of the Civil War and the destruction of the world he had known, could adapt and embrace new visions. Dispelling several myths surrounding the historical figure, this book is a study of the complete Forrest and examines his life during Reconstruction and his famous organization of the Ku Klux Klan.

Publisher: Gretna : Pelican Pub. Co., 2007.
ISBN: 9781589804159
1589804155
Branch Call Number: B FORREST NATHAN
Characteristics: 528 p., [32] p. of plates : col. maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Foxx, Daniel

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Chinderixx
Oct 29, 2016

This being the first biography I have ever read, I found it to be intriguing, well researched, and a great insight into Forrest's character and life. For two not very well known professors to write this honestly amazed me! They began with Forrest's early years; where he was born, who his parents were, how many siblings he had, etc... They then continued onto how he met his wife and became a millionaire. Then, they got into the Civil War and his part in that conflict, which is a good deal of the book. After this, they discussed Forrest's time in the KKK and how he eventually left it and spent his last years. At first, I wasn't honestly liking him very much. Sure, he was a smart and an almost crazy cavalry commander, but he swore too much and had some serious anger management issues. But his surprising "mighty change of heart near the end of his life" as Edwin Bearss puts it, really changed my opinion of him. Bearss's afterword finishes off the book very well and proves the point that Forrest is an enigma; someone that cannot be characterized easily. Using a line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar play, Bearss states, "'This was a man!"' I have to agree with that.

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Oct 28, 2016

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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