Marks54's Reviews > This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust
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Sep 05, 2012

it was amazing
Read in July, 2008

This is a history of how the United States dealt with the huge toll of dead and wounded that resulted from the Civil War. It is an aspect of the war that is not often discussed and shows how the culture of the country changed in fundamental ways. For example, the rise of pragmatism can be tied to the experience of war - a point a first noticed in reading Menand's "The Metaphysical Club". But along with new philosophy came changes in religion, greater interest in the occult and mysticism, and other developments. It is a depressing book but it was fascinating to read and I have never thought of the Civil War the same way since I finished it. I have read few books that we as moving as this was.

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