Books by Shelby Foote

Released: Feb. 1, 1977

"When Foote's own generally lean and direct narration is in charge of the action and the solid Memphis atmosphere, September works as a straightforwardly effective slice-of-crime; in trying to beef it into more—with the Little Rock headlines, the sentimental psychology, the overemphatic sex—he blunts the suspense and exposes a host of old-fashioned novelist seams."
Twenty-five years after Shiloh, historian Foote (The Civil War: A Narrative) returns to Southern fiction and to his multiple-viewpoint narrative technique, here applied—with mixed results—to a kidnapping in Memphis, September 1957. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 1974

"As an addition to the standard works, this can be recommended above all for its gauge of subjective elements."
The last year of the war, written as a sensitive and well-trained observer on either side would have recorded it. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 18, 1963

"The telling is through the lives and actions of the people involved."
Received too late for review, this second volume of Shelby Foote's ambitious history of the Civil War rendered in narrative form covers the period from Fredericksburg to Meridian, including the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Chattanooga. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 1958

"This first volume, ending as it does shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation, leaves the reader aware that while history writes the South's defeat, the first two years wrote a balance of victory — with the writing on the wall only faintly decipherable."
The first of three volumes- and this one five years in the writing- this bids fair to be a definitive history within the limitations. Read full book review >
LOVE IN A DRY SEASON by Shelby Foote
Released: Sept. 19, 1951

"I found it left a bad taste in my mouth."
Dirty and dull- but shrewdly contrived and skillfully executed so that- while you loathe practically every character in the book, you believe in them. Read full book review >
TOURNAMENT by Shelby Foote
Released: Sept. 12, 1949

"For the specialized not the popular market."
The rise and fall of Hugh Bart of the Mississippi Delta, this is a life portrait of a man to whom success came smoothly, quickly, though without bringing happiness. Read full book review >