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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War - Drew Gilpin Faust
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
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More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation,... show more
More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God. Throughout, the voices of soldiers and their families, of statesmen, generals, preachers, poets, surgeons, nurses, northerners and southerners come together to give us a vivid understanding of the Civil War's most fundamental and widely shared reality.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780375404047 (037540404X)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages no: 346
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.5 Part of Civil War Summer Reading
While the sub-title of the book indicates the focus on the Civil War, much of what Faust illustates can be applied to how cheaply we seem to hold life these days. And no, I'm not talking soley about inner city violence, but mass shootings, terrorist attacks. You name it. Because, the book is about h...
List Lover
List Lover rated it
I thought the content was fascinating, but I could not pay attention to the audiobook for more than minutes at a time. The style of writing struck me as academic or sanitary or without personal connection from the author. At the end, I thought Faust needed to apply what the subject matter explored. ...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
5.0
A fascinating and obviously grim chronicle of how both the Union and Confederacy coped with the unprecedented vast carnage on the battlefields. A vividly detailed, richly layered, exceptionally well-written work of history.
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
5.0
A fascinating and obviously grim chronicle of how both the Union and Confederacy coped with the unprecedented vast carnage on the battlefields. A vividly detailed, richly layered, exceptionally well-written work of history.
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
3.0 This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
My main problems with this book were that it was (predictably) super depressing, and that I foudn the content somewhat repetative.I did, however, appreciate the depth of the author's research and the amount of original source quotations. I will admit to skimming some chapters, but all and all got qu...
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