A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist returns to his childhood obsession, the Civil War, to lead readers on a high-spirited journey to the places and lives held captive by its legacy. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, "Confederates in the Attic" is like nothing else ever written about this particular moment in our nation's past and ...
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist returns to his childhood obsession, the Civil War, to lead readers on a high-spirited journey to the places and lives held captive by its legacy. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, "Confederates in the Attic" is like nothing else ever written about this particular moment in our nation's past and its place in the present.
A story that needs to be told that most will never hear. A story of who the true Confederate really was. Forget the hype and the slave thing. THAT isn't who they were in reality.
Aug 29, 2007
Many people wonder why history is such an important subject to study. Tony Horowitz's book shows us why. The main reason I like this book is that it shows how historical events can shape how we are today. History shapes our beliefs, culture, and society in general. By acknowledging this we can begin to understand why people are the way they are BUT we can also acknowledge why many have chosen to change. Horowitz discovers this in his ventures to the south while embracing his love of Civil War history. I find it even more interesting how a boy from New York wanted to participate on the Southern side of the war with the re-enactors. It seems to show his openess to the people he came to interview. I have seen some reviewers call this a "South Bashing" book but I don't see that at all. I see it as someone who has chosen to accept a new friend --warts and all. Some people also have stated that you have to be from the South to enjoy this but I disagree. Have loaned it to a few people: one from Georgia, one from Nebraska, and one from Wyoming. They all have enjoyed it. In fact, I'm having a hard time getting it back from the Wyoming one! He has read it more than once. I would like to see a similar companion piece written by Horowitz to see how the North was affected by the Civil War as well.
Aug 22, 2007
I am a Civil war nut, I found this book to be very entertaining. Yet very informative. It shows how even though over a 100 years past the South still holds to the Confederacy. The people are very proud of their past and many groups still exist. The Daughters of the Confederacy is one example. The Author has done a good job showing just how the confederacy is till alive in the south. He tells that there are Scholarships available to College students that can show through Geanology that they are related to a Confederate Soldier! A very good read!
Publishers Weekly, 1999-03-01 Horowitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign war correspondent, returned to his native U.S. turf to tackle the subject of our own Civil War and how its history is actively replayed by scores of grown men. He spent time among the hard-core buffs, the groups who put on period clothes and "re-enact" battles. As part of a self-imposed year-long "scheme" to examine the war's contemporary meaning, he does such things as visit a birthday party for Gen. Stonewall Jackson given by the Sons of the Confederacy. He also mulls over his own theories about the lasting legacy of the war, arguing that it was as much a cultural battle between the mores of North and South as a military one. Horowitz's rambling first-person narrative takes constant sidetracks and is made human with its self-effacing descriptions of his own foibles. This is why it works effectively as audio: it comes across more as a personal adventure than a polemical historical analysis. Though the author tells of being a Civil War buff since childhood, he nonetheless retains the freshness of an outsider's perspective (acting as a sort of foreign correspondent at home). Seasoned audio narrator Beck tries to convey this sense of freshness and boyish enthusiasm in his
Publishers Weekly, 1998-01-01 The first book the author's Russian grandfather bought on emigrating to the U.S., though he neither read nor spoke English, was about the Civil War, a book he still pored over into his 90s. And when Horwitz was a child, his father read him tales of the Civil War instead of fairy tales and children's literature. The powerful hold of that conflict on a diverse assortment of Americans translates into more than 60,000 books on the subject, according to the author; for some Civil War buffs it is an obsession that generates a startling number of clubs whose members regularly reenact the battles, playing out once again the logistics, problems, hardships, leading characters, losses and victories. Horwitz (Baghdad Without a Map), on a year-long exploration of these groups throughout the South, participated in some of their activities and came to know the lives and personalities of several of their members. His vivid, personal account is a mesmerizing review of history from a novel and entertaining angle. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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