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

This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust
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Nov 25, 2009

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bookshelves: pulitzer, nbcc-awards, natl-book-awards, civil-war
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A different take (at least for me) on the Civil War. The author lays out the concept of "the good death" and the fact that Civil War death had a lasting and transformative impact on the nation. The book looked to the details behind the numbers. I found this interesting, if not compelling. I found the text rather dry, and academic. And the examples/anecdotes presented tended to pile up and run together, often getting too repetitive. That was my biggest disappointment, as these could have been presented to form a better story. But that may just be a style preference on my part. Still, worth reading if one is interested in the Civil War's lasting effects on the nation.

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