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 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.
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.
The narrator reminded me of the voice of Rudolph in the old claymation cartoon, but the book was well written and informative.
Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century
This book revealed to me so much about our present culture, i.e. the southern bible belt.
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.
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