I wanted to give this book 4 stars but I forgot to take it on a 4 day trip and I sort of lost my way. Researched in the flesh, the author visits many Civil War battle sites in the south trying to come to terms w/ his own fascination w/ the Civil War, understand the current day Southern Confederacy, reenactments, how this all comes together w/ race relations and what it means for our country. A reminder of all our country needs to over come. Take a trip w/ this author and you won't be disappointed.
A "Northerner", Wisconsin, Alaska, and Northwest, I have had difficulty in understanding the disconnect with Southerners. This book has truly been an education in history. So many levels were explored, from Southern cities, to very rural small towns. This read is well documented, and in detail draws a picture of the forces that linger and the depth of the loyalty. One chapter stands out. Horwitz details the bibles passed from one generation to another. This validates, and makes deeply meaningful their connection with their ancestors, their service, and death. The book also brings to light, the mythology, and enhanced epics that are being examined closely today by historians. On many levels this has given me a perspective on the current politics, and distortion that can divide.
Tony Horwitz is a favorite writer & I've enjoyed every book of his. Compeling story keeps one going. Great sublte humor, fact & reasearch given in all writing. Suggest reading his wife's writing - Geraldine Brooks
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