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Very Good. First Edition Hardcover, 2002, Palgrave Macmillan. Book overall is in very good condition. Dust jacket is in like new condition. There is a faint stain on the side edge of book, as well as a faint stain on the first page.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-10-21 Drawing on a rich array of primary and secondary sources-particularly the diaries and memoirs of four Southerners who lived through the final year of the Civil War-Ash, associate professor history at the University of Tennessee, has drawn a vivid picture of everyday people scrambling to survive with Darwinian tenacity as their world collapses around them. Through his intelligent choice of diverse subjects-an upper-class Confederate widow reduced to drudgery and a diet of beans and scraps; an enterprising slave who tucks away a nest egg and learns to read while still in bondage; a young farmer whose discovery of faith and love renews his enthusiasm for life; and a 31-year-old preacher from a prosperous slave-owning family, who survives the dissolution of the institution that had sustained their prosperity-Ash tells a tale that reads like a novel, while illuminating important historical themes: the impact of the war on women and slaves, the powerful influence of evangelical Christianity, and, most important, the nuanced political, social and cultural landscape of a tottering Confederacy that was anything but monolithic or harmonious. This book-an original blending of social, military and local history, crafted by an author with a muscular style, a keen eye for memorable details and the good sense to avoid scholarly jargon and weighty theory-is refreshingly difficult to pigeonhole and will be of interest to both Civil War buffs looking for something new, and to those who simply like a good yarn well told. Illus. (N0v.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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