I work at Arlington National Cemetery and this book is an excellent source for anyone wanting to know more than 'who is buried where.' The author approaches from a historical perspective that fleshes out the depth and soul of the cemetery, and the reason for its existence. I worried in the beginning that he was spending too much time on the Civil War portion, but later realized this serves as a foundation of all that happens later. Anyone working at or planning on visiting Arlington should read this book.
As one interested in the Civil War and nineteenth century America, I found this book to be an excellent listen. Initially I thought it might be a military spin job, but was pleased at the writer's objectivity and honesty regarding this nation's warring ways.
This presentation did more than tell the story of Arlington Cemetery but gave the background of how the United States has honored the dead through its history. I found it to be very interesting and enlightening to hear of the personalities who shaped this history. For anyone who has interest in Arlington or any of our National Cemeteries, this is a great read.
The author tells the story he wrote with feeling and passion. Also his inclusion of other voices to tell their particular story made the audio very interesting.
Although a book of history, it is a story that kept me wanting to listen to see how things developed in the various stages of the history of Arlington and in the changing policies that affected the return of the military dead from our overseas conflicts.