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The Myth of the Lost Cause Audiobook

The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won

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The former Confederate states have continually mythologized the South's defeat to the North, depicting the Civil War as unnecessary, or as a fight over states' Constitutional rights, or as a David v. Goliath struggle in which the North waged "total war" over an underdog South. In The Myth of the Lost Cause, historian Edward Bonekemper deconstructs this multi-faceted myth, revealing the truth about the war that nearly tore the nation apart 150 years ago.

©2015 Edward H. Bonekemper III (P)2016 Regnery Publishing

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    "Indisputable proofs, flawless argumentation."

    I am about four hours into this audiobook. And I am a rabid champion of the State's rights and found some resonance with the arguments I had heard, to the effect that the Civil war was far more about the rights of the States than it was about slavery (while at the same time finding slavery absolutely deplorable). About one hour in, I had every myth exploded and many times over disproven.

    Which ever side you lean towards, you must account for the facts presented herein if you want to hold your beliefs honestly.

    The Civil war WAS primarily about slavery.
    If you hesitate to affirm that proposition wholeheartedly, read this book to erase any doubt in your mind. Or write a book answering to the facts presented here, and once you have finished, read your book and see to what extent you have evaded reality, tortured language and twisted history to make your case.

    The narrator did an excellent job as well.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Addison 11-27-16

    As a slow reading dyslexic I discovered audio books eight years ago. Since then my world opened in amazing ways.

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    "Why orginal documents are so critical."

    From the start of the 19 century to today I believe that it has been more accurate to say history is written by the loser. This had been the case both world wars and the American Civil War. The Lost Cause myth has been the main example of this fact for the later war.

    Bomekemper's book is a counter to this myth and does a fantastic job using original documents and raw statistics to do so.

    Well worth the read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bernie Cullen Yardley, PA USA 09-16-16
    Bernie Cullen Yardley, PA USA 09-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Important historical work"

    When I was in Gettysburg a few months ago, I saw a tee shirt in a display window featuring a Confedrate stars and bars in the center with the words, "Don't Criticize What You Don't Understand". Having visited the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond along with the Davis White House, and a number of battlefields including Antitem and New Market, and having read a good deal of literature on the subject I asked myself, "What is it I don't understand." Yet this work was a revelation as it peeled off layers of revisionist history and bluntly revealed truths about that conflict that, while I was aware of them deep down were still covered in a patina of sympathy for the unfortunate southerners who endured the brunt of the catastrophy. Fact is they brought it on themsleves and this book has the courage to illustrate that fact. A must read for anyone wishing to have an accurate understanding of the war and its place in United States history.

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    "If you believe..."

    ... that the south seceded for anything other than slavery, that Robert E Lee was a great general, or that Ulysses S Grant was a butcher, you must listen to this book. It is high time for our nation to learn and deal with the full truth of the Civil War.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 01-30-17
    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 01-30-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Well researched destruction of the myth."

    I picked this up because I Thought it sounded interesting. It was. It is a very well researched and argued destruction of the Lost Cause Myth, that the War was about states rights, not slavery, and the south had no chance of winning. Both are resoundingly disproven, and only someone completely myopic could argue the results. This book is a must read for any Civil war buff, or anyone interested in history for that matter.

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    Kevin 10-26-16
    Kevin 10-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    The authors thorough debunking of the "Myth" is good. But the discussions of Lee and Grant really added to my understanding of the War. By the end he has convincingly made the dual cases that Grant, not Lee, was by far the better general and that Lee indeed may have done more harm than good to the Lost Cause. The discussion of Vicksburg alone was worth the read. Highly recommend this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Marie Taylor 10-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding details and overview of civil war"

    Please have students I. High schools read and discuss this book as a foundation of our countries history .
    Learn geography , the history of the states, the history of slavery from this book. This is easy to read and understand and remember,
    Good job!
    I
    Highly recommend reading this book to all students!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chiefkent Gulfport, MS USA 12-30-16
    Chiefkent Gulfport, MS USA 12-30-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Should be Required Reading for All Teachers"

    This book should be required by anyone who teaches American History! "The Lost Cause" myth has driven US politics up to this election. The only "states' rights" involved in the Civil War were those of the northern states! The southern states wanted their slavery laws to be recognized by the northern states. Every state ceding from the Union, (save Louisiana), mentioned their right and need to own slaves as their reason for doing so. (Lincoln wasn't even president yet)!
    All the CSA needed to do to win independence was NOT lose; the Union had to invade and conquer the CSA to win. The South had natural defenses and interior lines of communication. The South had pre-existing militias organized, (Nat Turner). The North was deeply split on the question of slavery. The survival of the Union was the reason was why most Northerners went to war. Most of western Europe favored breaking up the United States and were leaning towards the CSA winning. Immediately he South wrong footed by freezing exports of cotton. (This is why cotton is now grown in Egypt and India). This did not endear the CSA to England in particular. By time the freeze came off, the Union had begun their blockade.
    R.E. Lee was a good tactician, pretty much sucked as a strategist. He could see much past his home state of Virginia, (he was CSA general in chief). Wouldn't move either himself nor his army from the theater, and kept insisting on attacking and invading. He actually had 50,000 more total killed and wounded than Grant did during the war. Considering that Grant fought more battles with larger armies, (and was labeled as a "butcher"), it is no wonder that Grant is considered as the greatest American general of the Civil War by European military historians! Grant was a true general in chief for the North, coordinating all Union operations, 1864-65. History was rewritten after Lee died into the "Northern War of Aggression", and in the interest of reconciliation the North gave it a wink and a nod.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Craig 06-30-17
    Craig 06-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating and well documented"

    This book should be mandatory reading in every high school in America. very well done

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    Josh Vick 05-24-17
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    "Couldn't take it anymore"

    I was eager to listen to this book based on some good reviews. I wanted to hear a different side of the Civil War story. I didn't even make it 15 minutes through the book because i'm pretty sure a robot was reading the book. Definitely listen to the preview before purchasing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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