"Mark Grimsley's 'The Hard Hand of War' is the latest and best study to strip away the myth and explore the reality of Sherman's attack on the Southern civilian economy and population as a means of winning the war. Grimsley maintains that the actions of Sherman and other Union commanders were 'seldom the wanton, wholesale fury of legend' but rather struck a 'balance between severity and restraint' and were 'indeed discriminate and roughly proportional to legitimate needs.'...This argument will not change the minds of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. But it will impress fair-minded readers."Grimsley, Mark is the author of 'Hard Hand of War Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865', published 1997 under ISBN 9780521599412 and ISBN 0521599415.