Historians have often argued that the North's advantages in population and industry ensured certain victory. In The Grand Design, Stoker reasserts the centrality of the overarching plan on each side, arguing convincingly that it was strategy that determined the result of America's great national conflict.
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By Joel Langenfeld on 17-03-18
Clausewitzian commentary on the Civil War
The author is firmly in the Clausewitz camp, whose influence ebbs and flows over the decades. He does do a very nice job of evaluating the actions and correspondences of most of the major commanders and their government from that framework. My guess is that this would be an easier listen if you already familiar with many of the campaigns and personalities - maybe having read some Foote, Sears, Catton, etc.
The narrator has a few odd pronunciations, but overall is easy to listen to. Unfortunately, the editing was a little sloppy, leaving in retakes in a few places and at least one instance of a short excerpt apparently missing.
By Glynn on 26-12-13
What disappointed you about The Grand Design?
Narration is filled with mispronunciations
What was most disappointing about Donald Stoker’s story?
Nothing new here, dry material and dull
How could the performance have been better?
One chapter has a repeated paragraph and an omission
What character would you cut from The Grand Design?