An intellectual enterprise of the highest seriousness and importance. Bertram Wyatt-Brown brings a new breadth and depth of comprehension to the history of honor as a system of values of profound importance in American history.
In A Warring Nation, Wyatt-Brown updates his central theme of Southern honor with a deeply researched examination of the complex ways Southern honor and military honor are intertwined. He masterfully traces honor and shame from colonial America through both world wars and into the Second Gulf War and the war in Afghanistan. This is a rich and vivid work, well-wrought and powerful, as Wyatt-Brown again brilliantly challenges us to rethink our understanding of Southern honor and the American character.
Wyatt-Brown is well-known for his work on Southern honor, but here he reaches far beyond his earlier books to offer new insights on the connection of honor, racism, and humiliation to other events in our history. Sparks go off in multiple directions throughout as the book reveals a talented historian at his best.