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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War CD-ROM – 1 Apr 2008

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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433233452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433233456
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,528,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Drew Gilpin Faust's "This Republic of Suffering
"
"Extraordinary . . . profoundly moving." --Geoffrey C. Ward, "The New York Times Book Review"
"It's a shattering history of the war, focusing exclusively on death and dying-how Americans prepared for death, imagined it, risked it, endured it and worked to understand it." --Jon Wiener, "LA Times Book Review"
"Faust is particularly qualified to identify and explain the complex social and political implications of the changing nature of death as America's internecine conflict attained its full dimensions." --Ian Garrick Mason, "San Francisco Chronicle"
"Faust excels in explaining the era's violent rhetoric and what went on in people's heads." --David Waldstreicher, "The Boston Globe"
""This Republic of Suffering" is one of those groundbreaking histories in which a crucial piece of the past, previously overlooked or misunderstood, suddenly clicks into focus." --Malcolm Jones, "Newsweek"
"Faust is a first-rate scholar who yanks aside the usual veil of history to look narrowly at life's intimate level for new perspectives from the past. She focuses on ordinary lives under extreme duress, which makes for compelling reading." --Don Oldenburg, "USA Today"
"The beauty and originality of Faust's book is that it shows how thoroughly the work of mourning became the business of capitalism, merchandised throughout a society." --Adam Gopnik, "The New Yorker"
"Fascinating, innovative . . . Faust returns to the task of stripping from war any lingering romanticism, nobility or social purpose." --Eric Foner, "The Nation"
"Eloquent and imaginative, Ms. Faust's book takes a grim topic-how America coped with themassive death toll from the Civil War-and makes it fresh and exciting. . . . [A] widely and justly praised scholarly history." --Adam Begley, "New York Observer"
""This Republic of Suffering" is a harrowing but fascinating read." --Marjorie Kehe, "The Christian Science Monitor"
"If you read only one book on the Civil War this year, make it this one." -Kevin M. Levin, "American History
"
"Having always kept the war in her own scholarly sights, Faust offers a compelling reassertion of its basic importance in society and politics alike." --Richard Wrightman Fox, "Slate"
"[An] astonishing new book." --Adam Kirsch, "The New York Sun"
"A moving work of social history, detailing how the Civil War changed perceptions and behaviors about death. . . . An illuminating study." --"Kirkus
"
"Penetrating . . . Faust exhumes a wealth of material . . . to flesh out her lucid account. The result is an insightful, often moving portrait of a people torn by grief." --"Publishers Weekly
"
"No other generation of Americans has encountered death on the scale of the Civil War generation. "This Republic of Suffering" is the first study of how people in both North and South coped with this uniquely devastating experience. How did they mourn the dead, honor their sacrifice, commemorate their memory, and help their families? Drew Gilpin Faust's powerful and moving answers to these questions provide an important new dimension to our understanding of the Civil War."
--James M. McPherson, author of "This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War
"
"During the Civil War, death reached into the world of the living in ways unknown to Americans before or since. Drew GilpinFaust follows the carnage in all its aspects, on and off the battlefield. Timely, poignant, and profound, "This Republic of Suffering" does the real work of history, taking us beyond the statistics until we see the faces of the fallen and understand what it was to live amid such loss and pain."
--Tony Horowitz, "Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
"
"Drew Gilpin Faust has used her analytical and descriptive gifts to explore how men and women of the Civil War generation came to terms with the conflict's staggering human toll. Everyone who reads this book will come away with a far better understanding of why the war profoundly affected those who lived through it."
--Gary W. Gallagher, author of "The Confederate War"
"
""Drew Faust's brilliant new book, "This Republic of Suffering," builds profoundly from the opening discussion of the Christian ideal of the good death to the last harrowing chapters on the exhumation, partial identification, reburial and counting of the Union dead. In the end one can only conclude, as the author does, that the meaning of the Civil War lies in death itself: in its scale, relentlessness, and enduring cultural effects. This is a powerful and moving book about our nation's defining historical encounter with the universal human experience of death."
--Stephanie McCurry, author of "Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the political culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country
""Whitman was wrong; the real war did get into the books. This is a wise, informed, troubling book. "This Republic of Suffering" demolishes sentimentalism for the Civil War in a masterpiece ofresearch, realism, and originality."
--David W. Blight, author of "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
"

"From the Hardcover edition."

"Extraordinary . . . profoundly moving." --Geoffrey C. Ward, "The New York Times Book Review"
"This Republic of Suffering" "is one of those groundbreaking histories in which a crucial piece of the past, previously overlooked or misunderstood, suddenly clicks into focus." --"Newsweek"
"A shattering history of the war, focusing exclusively on death and dying-how Americans prepared for death, imagined it, risked it, endured it and worked to understand it." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"Faust yanks aside the usual veil of history to look narrowly at life's intimate level for new perspectives from the past. She focuses on ordinary lives under extreme duress, which makes for compelling reading." --"USA Today"
"Faust is particularly qualified to identify and explain the complex social and political implications of the changing nature of death as America's internecine conflict attained its full dimensions." --Ian Garrick Mason," San Francisco Chronicle"
"Faust excels in explaining the era's violent rhetoric and what went on in people's heads." --David Waldstreicher," The Boston Globe"
"The beauty and originality of Faust's book is that it shows how thoroughly the work of mourning became the business of capitalism, merchandised throughout a society." --Adam Gopnik, "The New Yorker"
"Fascinating, innovative . . . Faust returns to the task of stripping from war any lingering romanticism, nobility or social purpose." --Eric Foner," The Nation"
"Eloquent and imaginative, Ms. Faust's book takes a grim topic-how America coped with the massive death toll from the Civil War-and makes it fresh and exciting. . . . [A] widely and justly praised scholarly history."--Adam Begley," New York Observer"
"This Republic of Suffering is a harrowing but fascinating read." --Marjorie Kehe," The Christian Science Monitor"
"If you read only one book on the Civil War this year, make it this one." -Kevin M. Levin," American History"
"Having always kept the war in her own scholarly sights, Faust offers a compelling reassertion of its basic importance in society and politics alike." --Richard Wrightman Fox," Slate"
"[An] astonishing new book." --Adam Kirsch," The New York Sun"
"A moving work of social history, detailing how the Civil War changed perceptions and behaviors about death. . . . An illuminating study." --"Kirkus"
"Penetrating . . . Faust exhumes a wealth of material . . . to flesh out her lucid account. The result is an insightful, often moving portrait of a people torn by grief." --"Publishers Weekly"
"No other generation of Americans has encountered death on the scale of the Civil War generation. This Republic of Suffering is the first study of how people in both North and South coped with this uniquely devastating experience. How did they mourn the dead, honor their sacrifice, commemorate their memory, and help their families? Drew Gilpin Faust's powerful and moving answers to these questions provide an important new dimension to our understanding of the Civil War."
--James M. McPherson, author of" This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War"
"During the Civil War, death reached into the world of the living in ways unknown to Americans before or since. Drew Gilpin Faust follows the carnage in all its aspects, on and off the battlefield. Timely, poignant, and profound, This Republic of Suffering doesthe real work of history, taking us beyond the statistics until we see the faces of the fallen and understand what it was to live amid such loss and pain."
--Tony Horowitz," Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War"
"Drew Gilpin Faust has used her analytical and descriptive gifts to explore how men and women of the Civil War generation came to terms with the conflict's staggering human toll. Everyone who reads this book will come away with a far better understanding of why the war profoundly affected those who lived through it."
--Gary W. Gallagher, author of "The Confederate War"
"Drew Faust's brilliant new book, This Republic of Suffering, builds profoundly from the opening discussion of the Christian ideal of the good death to the last harrowing chapters on the exhumation, partial identification, reburial and counting of the Union dead. In the end one can only conclude, as the author does, that the meaning of the Civil War lies in death itself: in its scale, relentlessness, and enduring cultural effects. This is a powerful and moving book about our nation's defining historical encounter with the universal human experience of death."
--Stephanie McCurry, author of "Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the political culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country"
"Whitman was wrong; the real war did get into the books. This is a wise, informed, troubling book. This Republic of Suffering demolishes sentimentalism for the Civil War in a masterpiece of research, realism, and originality."
--David W. Blight, author of "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory"

"Extraordinary . . . profoundly moving." --Geoffrey C. Ward, "The New York Times Book Review"

"This Republic of Suffering""is one of those groundbreaking histories in which a crucial piece of the past, previously overlooked or misunderstood, suddenly clicks into focus." --"Newsweek"

"A shattering history of the war, focusing exclusively on death and dying-how Americans prepared for death, imagined it, risked it, endured it and worked to understand it." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"Faust yanks aside the usual veil of history to look narrowly at life's intimate level for new perspectives from the past. She focuses on ordinary lives under extreme duress, which makes for compelling reading." --"USA Today"

"Faust is particularly qualified to identify and explain the complex social and political implications of the changing nature of death as America's internecine conflict attained its full dimensions." --Ian Garrick Mason, " San Francisco Chronicle"

"Faust excels in explaining the era's violent rhetoric and what went on in people's heads." --David Waldstreicher, " The Boston Globe"

"The beauty and originality of Faust's book is that it shows how thoroughly the work of mourning became the business of capitalism, merchandised throughout a society." --Adam Gopnik, "The New Yorker"

"Fascinating, innovative . . . Faust returns to the task of stripping from war any lingering romanticism, nobility or social purpose." --Eric Foner, " The Nation"

"Eloquent and imaginative, Ms. Faust's book takes a grim topic-how America coped with the massive death toll from the Civil War-and makes it fresh and exciting. . . . [A] widely and justly praised scholarly history." --Adam Begley, " New York Observer"

"This Republic of Suffering is a harrowing but fascinating read." --Marjorie Kehe, " The Christian Science Monitor"

"If you read only one book on the Civil War this year, make it this one." -Kevin M. Levin, " American History"

"Having always kept the war in her own scholarly sights, Faust offers a compelling reassertion of its basic importance in society and politics alike." --Richard Wrightman Fox, " Slate"

"[An] astonishing new book." --Adam Kirsch, " The New York Sun"

"A moving work of social history, detailing how the Civil War changed perceptions and behaviors about death. . . . An illuminating study." --"Kirkus"

"Penetrating . . . Faust exhumes a wealth of material . . . to flesh out her lucid account. The result is an insightful, often moving portrait of a people torn by grief." --"Publishers Weekly"

"No other generation of Americans has encountered death on the scale of the Civil War generation. This Republic of Suffering is the first study of how people in both North and South coped with this uniquely devastating experience. How did they mourn the dead, honor their sacrifice, commemorate their memory, and help their families? Drew Gilpin Faust's powerful and moving answers to these questions provide an important new dimension to our understanding of the Civil War."

--James M. McPherson, author of""This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

"During the Civil War, death reached into the world of the living in ways unknown to Americans before or since. Drew Gilpin Faust follows the carnage in all its aspects, on and off the battlefield. Timely, poignant, and profound, This Republic of Suffering does the real work of history, taking us beyond the statistics until we see the faces of the fallen and understand what it was to live amid such loss and pain."

--Tony Horowitz, ""Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

"Drew Gilpin Faust has used her analytical and descriptive gifts to explore how men and women of the Civil War generation came to terms with the conflict's staggering human toll. Everyone who reads this book will come away with a far better understanding of why the war profoundly affected those who lived through it."

--Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War

"Drew Faust's brilliant new book, This Republic of Suffering, builds profoundly from the opening discussion of the Christian ideal of the good death to the last harrowing chapters on the exhumation, partial identification, reburial and counting of the Union dead. In the end one can only conclude, as the author does, that the meaning of the Civil War lies in death itself: in its scale, relentlessness, and enduring cultural effects. This is a powerful and moving book about our nation's defining historical encounter with the universal human experience of death."

--Stephanie McCurry, author of Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the political culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country

"Whitman was wrong; the real war did get into the books. This is a wise, informed, troubling book. This Republic of Suffering demolishes sentimentalism for the Civil War in a masterpiece of research, realism, and originality."

--David W. Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory



Extraordinary . . . profoundly moving. Geoffrey C. Ward, "The New York Times Book Review"

This Republic of Suffering" "is one of those groundbreaking histories in which a crucial piece of the past, previously overlooked or misunderstood, suddenly clicks into focus. "Newsweek"

A shattering history of the war, focusing exclusively on death and dying-how Americans prepared for death, imagined it, risked it, endured it and worked to understand it. "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Faust yanks aside the usual veil of history to look narrowly at life's intimate level for new perspectives from the past. She focuses on ordinary lives under extreme duress, which makes for compelling reading. "USA Today"

Faust is particularly qualified to identify and explain the complex social and political implications of the changing nature of death as America s internecine conflict attained its full dimensions. Ian Garrick Mason, " San Francisco Chronicle"

Faust excels in explaining the era s violent rhetoric and what went on in people s heads. David Waldstreicher, " The Boston Globe"

The beauty and originality of Faust s book is that it shows how thoroughly the work of mourning became the business of capitalism, merchandised throughout a society. Adam Gopnik, "The New Yorker"

Fascinating, innovative . . . Faust returns to the task of stripping from war any lingering romanticism, nobility or social purpose. Eric Foner, " The Nation"

Eloquent and imaginative, Ms. Faust s book takes a grim topic how America coped with the massive death toll from the Civil War and makes it fresh and exciting. . . . [A] widely and justly praised scholarly history. Adam Begley, " New York Observer"

This Republic of Suffering is a harrowing but fascinating read. Marjorie Kehe, " The Christian Science Monitor"

If you read only one book on the Civil War this year, make it this one. Kevin M. Levin, " American History"

Having always kept the war in her own scholarly sights, Faust offers a compelling reassertion of its basic importance in society and politics alike. Richard Wrightman Fox, " Slate"

[An] astonishing new book. Adam Kirsch, " The New York Sun"

A moving work of social history, detailing how the Civil War changed perceptions and behaviors about death. . . . An illuminating study. "Kirkus"

Penetrating . . . Faust exhumes a wealth of material . . . to flesh out her lucid account. The result is an insightful, often moving portrait of a people torn by grief. "Publishers Weekly"

No other generation of Americans has encountered death on the scale of the Civil War generation. This Republic of Suffering is the first study of how people in both North and South coped with this uniquely devastating experience. How did they mourn the dead, honor their sacrifice, commemorate their memory, and help their families? Drew Gilpin Faust s powerful and moving answers to these questions provide an important new dimension to our understanding of the Civil War.

James M. McPherson, author of" "This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

During the Civil War, death reached into the world of the living in ways unknown to Americans before or since. Drew Gilpin Faust follows the carnage in all its aspects, on and off the battlefield. Timely, poignant, and profound, This Republic of Suffering does the real work of history, taking us beyond the statistics until we see the faces of the fallen and understand what it was to live amid such loss and pain.

Tony Horowitz, " "Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

Drew Gilpin Faust has used her analytical and descriptive gifts to explore how men and women of the Civil War generation came to terms with the conflict s staggering human toll. Everyone who reads this book will come away with a far better understanding of why the war profoundly affected those who lived through it.

Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War

Drew Faust s brilliant new book, This Republic of Suffering, builds profoundly from the opening discussion of the Christian ideal of the good death to the last harrowing chapters on the exhumation, partial identification, reburial and counting of the Union dead. In the end one can only conclude, as the author does, that the meaning of the Civil War lies in death itself: in its scale, relentlessness, and enduring cultural effects. This is a powerful and moving book about our nation s defining historical encounter with the universal human experience of death.

Stephanie McCurry, author of Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the political culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country

Whitman was wrong; the real war did get into the books. This is a wise, informed, troubling book. This Republic of Suffering demolishes sentimentalism for the Civil War in a masterpiece of research, realism, and originality.

David W. Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Drew Gilpin Faust is president of Harvard University, where she also holds the Lincoln Professorship in History. Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study from 2001 to 2007, she came to Harvard after twenty-five years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of five previous books, including Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, which won the Francis Parkman Prize and the Avery Craven Prize. She and her husband live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Brilliant book. Hard to read at times as it is upsetting, but absolutely riveting. Well-researched and written and accompanied by plenty of Library of Congress photos. This book gives a gritty insight into the deathly reality of war, for both soldiers and their families.
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THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING: DEATH AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
by Drew Gilpin Faust

"Narratives of the Good Death could not annul the killing that war required. Nor could they erase the unforgettable scenes of battlefield carnage that made soldiers question both the humanity of those slaughtered like animals and the humanity of those who had wreaked such devastation." (p.31)

The morbid inquiry of the American Civil War Dead is a task of immense weight; not just of the amount of information to be processed, but also of the nature of what is being studied. Drew G. Faust's stellar undertaking focuses on the several aspects of death in the American Civil War: Dying, Killing, Burying, Naming, Realizing, Believing and Doubting, Accounting, Numbering, and Surviving. The author makes concise the relevant material to 272 pages (not incl. Notes), a hugely admirable achievement considering the task at hand and the insight and reflection required to deal with the topic. She has trawled through scores of personal letters from soldiers - those that feared death (and then met it) and also those who lay dying after being wounded - from the family of those who died (those of Henry Ingersoll Bowditch were particularly moving), and a plethora of other sources that completes the detailing of how soldiers died, what soldiers thought about dying, how their loved ones dealt with it, but also State and private obligations to burying the dead, and their arduous attempts to profile and honour the deaths of those who had fallen. Faust covers the whole spectrum here, from both the Union and Confederate sides.
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The photographs are incredibly moving. I found myself looking at some of the faces for a long time, trying to understand what it must have been like. The stories about fathers searching for sons, and mothers making sure they were properly remembered, were so sad. This book made me think and it also made me cry. Drew Gilpin Faust has written a gripping and utterly compassionate book about the American Civil War. Buy it and read it. You will not regret it. It should be on the shelf of anyone with an interest in war, both present and past.
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This feedback box is really really irritating. If I don't want to leave any written feedback, which i do not want to, i should not be forced to do so. After today, I will not rate suppliers anymore - which is not my preferred option. Wake up, Amazon.
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Well written, well researched, but little-known topic of the meaning of death in mid-nineteenth century America. Most of the book was a complete revelation, despite having read a lot of Civil War histories. If you want to explore how the Civil War affected American lives and, in the end, the American psyche, read this book.
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