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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Interesting, informative and very readable

A newspaper review of this book made me sure I wanted to read it. I certainly wasn't disappointed. A textbook it isn't 'I was afraid it was going to read like one!' That is why it is so very readable. Each chapter covers a different part of how our country and our...
A newspaper review of this book made me sure I wanted to read it. I certainly wasn't disappointed. A textbook it isn't 'I was afraid it was going to read like one!' That is why it is so very readable. Each chapter covers a different part of how our country and our citizens acted, reacted and changed as they faced the terrible carnage of the Civil War. The chapters are illustrated not with statistics but with the words of those who lived during that time. The book is not a book about a war it is a book of how the war affected people -- the living, the dying, the dead, civilians and citizenry alike. I am recommending it to members of the genealogical society to which I belong. I would hope that the somewhat gloomy title of this book would not cause anyone to avoid reading it.

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3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

I just plain didn't like it.

This work was obviously written for the "intellectual" crowd. I understand that the author is the president of a very prestigious university, and this work would probably be well accepted by her peers, but for me, it was just plain boring.

I consider myself to be ...
This work was obviously written for the "intellectual" crowd. I understand that the author is the president of a very prestigious university, and this work would probably be well accepted by her peers, but for me, it was just plain boring.

I consider myself to be extremely well-read. I have at least 20 books on my night stand at any given time. I have an IQ of 142, and the author used several words that I had never heard before. True, I expanded my vocabulary as a result, but that was not one of my objectives when I began to read this book.

I am interested in Civil War history, and have only recently begun to really get into reading about it. However, this work added only a very minor amount to my knowledge of the topic. I had anticipated and hoped that it would have given me much more.

In summary, I didn't like it, and would not recommend it to others.

Dr. Mike Rice
Johnstown, PA

posted by mzrdmd on May 30, 2009

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