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The Scourge of War:
The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

by Brian Holden Reid
640 pages
Oxford University Press
Published: June 2020

Brian Holden Reid’s “The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman” was published earlier this year. Reid is currently Visiting Professor of American History and Military Institutions at King’s College London and is a recent recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for contributions to military history. He has written a half-dozen books including “Robert E. Lee: Icon for a Nation.”

Anyone reading about Abraham Lincoln or Ulysses Grant will invariably encounter an irresistibly interesting character: William Tecumseh Sherman. I knew in early 2014 (when I read a dozen biographies of Lincoln) that I owed it to myself to read a book dedicated to William Sherman…

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