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.
"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)
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.
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.
The narrator reminded me of the voice of Rudolph in the old claymation cartoon, but the book was well written and informative.
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.
This gave some new information to me on the mindset around death. I was surprised to find there was a manner the dying was expected to under take...the good death and how that manner reassured family that the dying person would go to heaven. It gives an interesting contrast to hospital deaths today or the reaction to unexpected deaths. Good book.
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.
Possibly, depends on topic.
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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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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