Books: Cump Sherman

SHERMAN: FIGHTING PROPHET—Lloyd Lewis—Harcourt, Brace ($3.50).

Sherman never said, "War is hell." What he did say and what he always thought was: "War is cruelty and you cannot refine it." Hard-headed soldier, he defined military fame: "To be killed on the field of battle and have our names spelled wrong in the newspapers." Like his good friend Ulysses Simpson Grant a failure in civil life. William Tecumseh Sherman thrived on civil war. Like the old soldier in the song, he "simply faded away" (it took him 25 years) into the most sought-after speaker...

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