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This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust
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Mar 12, 08

bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended to Corny by: NY Times Book Review
Read in March, 2008

This is an exhaustive study of death and dying in the civil war. It is safe to say that no one will ever write a more complete or more scholarly work on the subject which is fascinating much of the time but tends to tedium on occasion. I have to give it a 5 star rating because it presents the subject so well and with so much interesting detail that it is well worth looking at even if you only skim the parts that don't interest you.
As a fan of the Civil War, I found Faust's discussion of the many ways in which both sides coped with death both individually and as a unit to be innovative and interesting.
That said, I have now had my fill of body parts, bloated corpses and discussions of the after life.

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