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This Republic of Suffering Audiobook

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

During the Civil War, 620,000 soldiers lost their lives - equivalent to six million in today's population. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact of the enormous death toll from material, political, intellectual, and spiritual angles. Drew Gilpin Faust delineates the ways death changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation and describes how a deeply religious culture reconciled the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God.
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During the Civil War, 620,000 soldiers lost their lives - equivalent to six million in today's population. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact of the enormous death toll from material, political, intellectual, and spiritual angles. Drew Gilpin Faust delineates the ways death changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation and describes how a deeply religious culture reconciled the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God.

Throughout, the viewpoints of soldiers, families, statesmen, generals, preachers, poets, surgeons and nurses, Northerners and Southerners, slaveholders, freed people, the most exalted, and the most humble are brought together to give a vivid understanding of the Civil War's widely shared reality.

©2008 Drew Gilpin Faust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Beautifully written, honest, and penetrating...Anyone wanting to understand the 'real war' and its transcendent meaning must face the facts Faust arrays before us...Essential." (Library Journal)

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    D. Littman OH 04-21-08
    D. Littman OH 04-21-08 Member Since 2015

    history buff

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    "a unique civil war perspective"

    This is a wonderful book. A new & unique twist on understanding the Civil War, which is an amazing accomplishment given all that there is already. Beautifully written and beautifully read. Each chapter/subject seems to roll seamlessly into the next, so you hardly notice the page (I mean minutes) roll by. One of the best history books I've listened to from Audible in several years.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Plymouth, MN, USA 01-15-09
    Margaret Plymouth, MN, USA 01-15-09 Member Since 2016
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    "This Republic of Suffering"

    Drew Gilpin Faust's perspective on the Civil War is a must read for anyone who loves history and understands how our past shapes our present. Although at times the details are unflinching and grisly, they are included to paint a graphic picture of the true cost of war, and to put pain, loss and grief in true perspective. This should be required reading for American history students.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Aurora, CO, USA 09-14-08
    Dallas Aurora, CO, USA 09-14-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Schoolmarm narrator"

    The book is well researched and interesting(and somewhat tedious if you are not "into" Civil War history) . The narrators treatment of letters and papers from the period is a problem however. She adopts a schoolmarm tone that is both dismissive of and condescending to the people that wrote the documents. I found that irritating.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney 11-23-15
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    "boring."

    I could not get focused into this book at all. I had to read this for my history 2010 class.

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    Brian Tampa, FL 10-05-15
    Brian Tampa, FL 10-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    What disappointed you about This Republic of Suffering?

    Nothing specifically, I just could not get in to this book. Maybe the writing was too dry. The first few chapters were cool, but the remainder approx 3/4 of the book was though to get through.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Drew Gilpin Faust again?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorna Raver’s performances?

    Possibly, depends on topic.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The topic is absolutely incredible. I think this day in age all the military conflict that goes on in the world seems so far from us. The Civil War was right here in our back yard and it was only about 150 years ago. Crazy.


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    Angela Greene 08-01-15
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    "amazing book, great narration!"

    Every American should read this book to understand the true cost of the Civil War

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    Miriam Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-12-13
    Miriam Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Likes books and reading/listening

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    "Interesting slant"

    I loved Lorna Raver's voice and the material was interesting. Maybe not the most compelling Ive come across. On the other hand I don't hesitate in recomending this book.

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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 01-30-10
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 01-30-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book - terrible narration"

    The narrator reminded me of the voice of Rudolph in the old claymation cartoon, but the book was well written and informative.

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    Halena Alexandria, KY, United States 12-13-09
    Halena Alexandria, KY, United States 12-13-09 Member Since 2011

    Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century

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    "Awesome Book"

    This book revealed to me so much about our present culture, i.e. the southern bible belt.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 06-09-09
    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 06-09-09 Member Since 2005

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    "A nation born in tears."

    Drew Gilpin Faust has managed to draw together the threads of the history of grieving during and after the Civil War and weave them into a tapestry that exposes and explains the unutterable grief that both the North and the South experienced. He also shows us that the relation between the Nation and its citizens changed profoundly during and after the war on account of the dead and how they should be dealt with and who is responsible for and to them.

    Lorna Raver was a perfect match for this material.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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