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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz returned from years of traipsing through war zones as a foreign correspondent only to find that his childhood obsession with the Civil War had caught up with him. Near his house in Virginia, he happened to encounter people who reenact the Civil War--men who dress up in period costumes and live as Johnny Rebs and Billy Yanks. Intrigued, he wound up having some odd adventures with the "hardcores," the fellows who try to immerse themselves in the war, hoping to get what they lovingly term a "period rush." Horwitz spent two years reporting on why Americans are still so obsessed with the war, and the ways in which it resonates today. In the course of his work, he made a sobering side trip to cover a murder that was provoked by the display of the Confederate flag, and he spoke to a number of people seeking to honor their ancestors who fought for the Confederacy. Horwitz has a flair for odd details that spark insights, and Confederates in the Attic is a thoughtful and entertaining book that does much to explain America's continuing obsession with the Civil War. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
You thought the American Civil War was over? That it ended 150 years ago? That after Appomattox, Billy Yank and Johnny Reb folded the flags, shook hands, promised to meet each... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kiwiwriter
I got this for a history class I am taking. It seems real interesting and I can't wait to read it!Published 5 days ago by Jessica Hernandez
A look into how re-enactors and those that preserve their Confederate heritage feel today about the South's defeat. Even now--160 years later.Published 9 days ago by wanderingwordeye
Lies, innuendo, and just general bull$h1+ to paint southerners as morons. I thought it'd be along the lines of Gurganis' "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All", but I... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Me
This book is a revelation to anyone trying to understand the Southerners' inability to move on from the Civil War and racism, especially with the recent disputes about the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Carol Nagel
I honestly don't know much about the Civil War and quite honestly never enjoyed American history. After marrying into a family of history buffs, I picked this up after a trip to... Read morePublished 15 days ago by KT
As a re enactor I have found the re enacting references humorous and very realistic. The cultural history of the South is wide ranging - encompassing a variety of demographics and... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer