The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848

Version: Unabridged
Author: Martin Dugard
Narrator: Robertson Dean
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, North America
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2008
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Few historical figures are as inextricably linked as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. But less than two decades before they faced each other as enemies at Appomattox, they had been brothers--both West Point graduates, both wearing blue, and both fighting in the same cadre in the Mexican War. They were not alone: Sherman, Davis, Jackson-nearly all of the Civil War's greatest soldiers had been forged in the heat of Vera Cruz and Monterrey.

Reviews (2)

Long and detailed

Written by Pete on October 31st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Long and detailed. Monotone reader. I had to skip over the details of the battles and go to the end to see how it turned out.

Here's a "Must Listen"

Written by Albert from Annapolis, MD on March 25th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the way history should be taught in the classroom. This book connects the threads at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and follows the separate ones through the Mexican War of 1845-1847. One gets to know Sam Grant and Tom Jackson up close. We see the courage and resourcefulness of a great generation of American military men and really feel the tragedy of a war that pitted them against each other. Too much blood. American casualties on both sides. Yes. The horror. Then: The Aztec Club. Read it to learn about it.

Author Details

Author Details

Dugard, Martin

Martin Dugard has carved a career as one of the foremost adventure writers today. The author of "Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly" and co-author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Survivor: The Ultimate Game, " his work appears regularly in "GQ, Sports Illustrated, " and "Esquire." An avid adventurer, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises race three times, and is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, California.