The March (Hardcover)

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 The March by E. L. Doctorow sets a blistering pace as it follows Sherman’s march across the south.  Sherman had ground to cover, he had 60,000 men to lead into battle.  He needed to conquer territory and move on down the road.  Johnny Reb would be right on his tail and not in a very good mood.  For the freed slaves and poor whites left in Sherman’s wake, the following Rebel Army could be quite insensitive.  So they attached themselves to Sherman’s backside with the tenacity of barnacles.  It drove Sherman mad!  He had to move that army, speed was his ally.  Thousands upon thousands of civilians desperate to stay out of Johnny Reb’s reach, fashioning makeshift encampments on his hindquarters, they were beyond an impediment.  They were a potential disaster.  

The story moves with the dizzying speed of Sherman’s Army.  Characters swirl in and out, painting vivid pictures of the south during the Civil War.  Pearl, a slave girl, deserved a whole book of her own!

— Deon Stonehouse


In 1864, after Union general William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta, he marched his sixty thousand troops east through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces and lived off the land, pillaging the Southern plantations, taking cattle and crops for their own, demolishing cities, and accumulating a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the uprooted, the dispossessed, and the triumphant. Only a master novelist could so powerfully and compassionately render the lives of those who marched.

The author of Ragtime, City of God, and The Book of Daniel has given us a magisterial work with an enormous cast of unforgettable characters–white and black, men, women, and children, unionists and rebels, generals and privates, freed slaves and slave owners. At the center is General Sherman himself; a beautiful freed slave girl named Pearl; a Union regimental surgeon, Colonel Sartorius; Emily Thompson, the dispossessed daughter of a Southern judge; and Arly and Will, two misfit soldiers.

Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E. L. Doctorow’s hands becomes something more–a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

Praise For…

Praise for E. L. Doctorow

“E.L. Doctorow is a national treasure.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Beautifully written, meticulously plotted, scrupulously imagined.”
The New York Times Book Review, about Sweet Land Stories

“In the assured hands of Doctorow, City of God blooms with a humor and a humanity that carries triumphant as intelligent a novel as one might hope to find these days.”
Los Angeles Times, about City of God

“A ferocious feat of the imagination . . . Every scene is perfectly realized and feeds into the whole–the themes and symbols echoing and reverberating.”
Newsweek, about The Book of Daniel

“One devours it in a single sitting.”
The New York Times, about Ragtime

“Marvelous . . . You get lost in World’s Fair as if it were an exotic adventure. You devour it with the avidity usually provoked by a suspense thriller.”
–The New York Times, about World’s Fair

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375506710
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: September 20th, 2005
Pages: 384