As America marches toward the Civil War, Harry Wentworth, gentleman of distinction and journalist of renown, finds his calls for peaceful resolution have fallen on deaf—nay, hostile—ears. As such, he must finally resolve his own moral quandary: comment on the war from his influential—and safe—position in Northern Society, or make a news story and a target of himself South of the Mason-Dixon Line, in a city haunted by a life he has long since left behind?
The day-to-day struggle against countervailing forces, his personal and professional tragedies on both sides of the conflict, and the elegant and emotive writings that define him, all serve to illuminate the trials of this newsman’s crusade, irreparably altering his mind, his body, his spirit, and his purpose as an honorable man. Blind Tribute exposes the shifting stones of the moral high ground, as Harry’s family and friendships, North and South, are shattered by his acts of conscience.
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If you're a news buff, or a Civil War buff, you're going to love this book. Taking place right around/through the Civil War, it focuses on the life of a man trying to be an impartial, centrist journalist, at a time when it seems everyone is polarized to one side or another. Both the Southern and Northern sides of his family, and many friends, consider him a traitor. It's brilliant, dare I say, a masterpiece? Thick with history and details that almost let me smell the ink in the newsrooms. It manages to look slavery and its ills squarely in the eye, without making Wentworth, the protagonist, a white savior. And for all his accomplishments and skills at hand to hand combat, he cannot protect himself against a savage attack that is described in brutal, vivid detail, which may be triggering to some. That said, there is very little mention of physical Civil War battlefields and gore, which may or may not disappoint you. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this work via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am also acquainted with the author via social media. I don't know if I so much ENJOYED this book as much as I was riveted by it, and I am still pondering the characters, and how I would have reacted, in their ink-stained clothes. I also loved the author's notes at the back, explaining which events/locations/newspapers were fictional (very few), and which characters and storylines were inspired by actual events. If you like books that make you think, this is one of them.