The president of Harvard University presents this innovative study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and consequences of death in the face of the unprecedented slaughter of the Civil War. 56 illustrations.The president of Harvard University presents this innovative study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and consequences of death in the face of the unprecedented slaughter of the Civil War. 56 illustrations.Read Less
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This book is a quick read. The writing is clear, concise and wonderful. The stories of the families are intense and profound.
It is a wonderful read, very sad at times and well worth the time.
I loved this book and have already sent this along to my sister for her enjoyment.
Jan 29, 2009
Getting here from there
With particular focus on the American "way of death" in the 19th Century, and especially the Civil War, Professor Faust examines in fascinating detail how much of what we do and feel about death evolved.
It may be hard to put down.
Jan 22, 2009
This was an extremely detailed, well-written book, depicting the extensive losses, the country's first experience with a tragedy of such magnitude, and the array of responses that shaped the continued journey of the nation.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-10-08 Battle is the dramatic centerpiece of Civil War history; this penetrating study looks instead at the somber aftermath. Historian Faust (Mothers of Invention) notes that the Civil War introduced America to death on an unprecedented scale and of an unnatural kind-grisly, random and often ending in an unmarked grave far from home. She surveys the many ways the Civil War generation coped with the trauma: the concept of the Good Death-conscious, composed and at peace with God; the rise of the embalming industry; the sad attempts of the bereaved to get confirmation of a soldier's death, sometimes years after war's end; the swelling national movement to recover soldiers' remains and give them decent burials; the intellectual quest to find meaning-or its absence-in the war's carnage. In the process, she contends, the nation invented the modern culture of reverence for military death and used the fallen to elaborate its new concern for individual rights. Faust exhumes a wealth of material-condolence letters, funeral sermons, ads for mourning dresses, poems and stories from Civil War-era writers-to flesh out her lucid account. The result is an insightful, often moving portrait of a people torn by grief. Photos. (Jan. 10) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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