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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War Paperback – February 22, 1999
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More About the Author
His books include the national and New York Times bestsellers, Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes, Baghdad Without a Map and A Voyage Long and Strange. Midnight Rising, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2011; one of the year's ten best books by Library Journal; and won the 2012 William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography. His latest, BOOM, is his first ebook, about a journey through the tar sands and along the route of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Tony has also been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a visiting scholar at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. He lives with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their sons, Nathaniel and Bizu, on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Top Customer Reviews
A War reenactor friend recommended I read the book. We were talking about the modern-day states rights concerns and he said that the debate had its origins at Fort Sumter. So, I picked up the book thinking it would simply be a survey of what I now know is called neo-Confederate thought. But I was more than a little bit thrilled to find that it was not just a sociological study, but also a travelogue-probably my favorite kind of book.
After returning to the States from an extended time abroad, Horwitz's childhood interest in the Civil War-and especially Rebels-was rekindled after a band of hardcore reenactors showed up in his yard on their way to a battlefield. Soon he began to tour the South visiting relevant War sites and interviewing the Confederate descendants that kept that cause's heritage alive. Horwitz's has an amazing gift for storytelling and it shines through in this book. He has an uncanny ability to come across mundanely interesting characters in his travels and to write their stories with an original verve.
The book is also balanced. Although he is a Yankee, Horwitz's affinity for the Rebels is evident. But he checks that affinity with a good dose of history and reality. He conveys the notion that the South's resentment of the North is not wholly unjustified, but actually often well placed. At the same time, though, he illustrates the willful naivete that makes Gods of Confederate generals and that forgets the Old South's uglier sides.Read more ›
I must warn Yankees, however, that this book doesn't really give a great example of what you should expect to encounter when you come to the South. Yes, Southerners take pride in being Southern and honor their Confederate heroes, but it's not as immediate a concern to most people as Horwitz would have you believe. Southerners mainly just don't like always being portrayed by the Northern media as rednecks and racists, when the North has just as many of both. Often this is why we hold dear our Confederate heritage as a kind of fraternal solidarity-bloc to fend off Northern bias.
All in All, good read...in short, you won't put it down before you're done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a follower and relic hunter of the civil war it was great readingPublished 10 days ago by William E.Ritger
I should begin with a simple disclaimer. I have absolutely no sympathy or respect for “the Lost Cause of the South.” I do not see the entire event as “complicated. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jeremy A. Perron
As a boy Tony Horwitz was obsessed with the Civil War to the extremes of painting scenes of battles on the walls of the attic in his house. Read morePublished 1 month ago by prairie woman
We both loved it. We bought it on Kindle while we were driving our RV around Pennsylvania and Virginia - can't avoid the Civil War.Published 1 month ago by Mary Ellen Rose
The author reveals the soul of the past as well as the present in this well written contemplative study of the places, people and events of the civil war. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wendy
Okay--I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun read. Caveat: I like history and m always curious to learn all I can about the Civil War from all sides. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CDD
Confederates in the Attic provides an entertaining and often hilarious look at an aspect of American culture about which most of us have no idea. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan Danner