The Perilous Road
The heartbreaking, bitter view of the Civil War as experienced by Chris Brabson, whose brother is fighting for the "wrong" side.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Sandpiper
(first published 1958)
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Captures the conflicts of a civil war beautifully. 11-year old Tennesseean Chris resents Yankee pilfering of the food he's worked so hard to grow and gather; when his older brother joins the Union army, Chris is angry and ashamed. His efforts to get back at the Yankees bring him to a full experience of the horrors of war, and of the humanity of both sides. And has he caused his brother's death? In a relatively short book, over the course of a few days, Steele states his case: war makes people do...more
Chris is a confederate through and through. He discovers that war is more than a battle of ideas when he reports a vanguard of Yankees moving through the woods near his Tennessee home and finds that his brother is part of the Yankee troop. In his attempt to warn his brother, Chris meets the dreaded Yankees soldiers and learns how much all men have in common. Published in 1958 a recommend JF classic.