"The reader of this book is left with many insights, many things to reconsider through the lens of religion."
-Georgia Historical Quarterly
"[Rable's] narrative is an example of history at its richest. . . . An unprecedented resource."
"A thorough history of religion in that seminal conflict that scholars of both American religion and the Civil War should read."
"This work harbors an inner virtue worthy of its subjects. . . . Rable has recorded [religion's] voice with both particular singularity and universal resonance, providing a full soundtrack to the largely silent film that has been Civil War religious history."
"God's Almost Chosen Peoples
is one of the most significant books published in recent years on a Civil War subject. Impeccably researched and gracefully written, it fills a significant void in the historiography of the conflict….God's Almost Chosen Peoples
should stand for years as the definitive work on religion and the Civil War. The author's research is meticulous, his narrative flowing, and his judgments sound. Dr. Rable's important book is recommended without reservation."
-Blue and Gray Magazine
"Deeply researched and written with subtlety and skill. . . . Rable's book will become a classic."
"Rable handles these topics with skill. His book sets a high standard for historians who might want to delve deeper into the relationship between war and religion. . . .Important, pathbreaking book. Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries."
"Rable taps into the extensive scholarly literature on Civil War chaplains."
-The North Carolina Historical Review
"The most comprehensive and deeply researched account of the role of religion in the American Civil War to date. . . . No other study has canvassed such a collection of source materials on the topic. . . . God's Almost Chosen Peoples
should become the starting point for any future studies of religion and the Civil War."
-Civil War Book Review
"Rable's characteristically superb research unearthed more than 280 manuscript collections bearing on this topic."--
-America's Civil War
"Until George C. Rable's God's Almost Chosen Peoples
. . . an exploration of the role of religion has been strangely absent from the standard histories of the sectional conflict."
"An excellent analysis. . . . Stands out for its accessibility and thorough research. . . . Highly recommended for readers of Civil War history or American religious history."
"A comprehensive look at America's religious feelings....A fair balanced inclusive presentation."
-TOCWOC: A Civil War Blog
"Research [this] estimable warrants delighted admiration, even were it presented without any special éclat--as so often is the case. But Rable's prose breaks the mold and makes God's Almost Chosen Peoples
gratifying reading, accessible to any audience. . . . Interesting and important."
-America's Civil War
"Masterful . . . . By successfully synthesizing recent scholarship and plowing new ground as well, this book takes its place as the best volume published thus far in the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era."
-American Historical Review
"Rable's sweeping book synthesizes a massive amount of primary source material and provides a narrative that unfolds as intensely as the war it chronicles."
-Journal of American History
"A groundbreaking account. . . . Examining a wide range of published and unpublished documents . . . Rable illuminates the broad role of religion during the Civil War. . . . The only comprehensive religious history of the war. . . . Will make an important addition to your Civil War library. . . . Excellent."
-Lone Star Book Review
"Rable's sweeping synthesis invites reflection on the growing body of work on religion in the Civil War and on the meaning of 'a religious history' of the war."
-Arkansas Historical Quarterly
"Brilliant and groundbreaking. . . . Rable's engrossing study of the role of religion in the Civil War will stand as the definitive religious history of America's most divisive conflict."
"Impressively researched and well written, this book will appeal especially to specialists in the areas of the nineteenth-century United States, American church history, and the Civil War. . . . Scholars for many years to come will turn to Rable for a definitive synthesis of a subject too long neglected."
-Indiana Magazine of History
"Religion in the Civil War has been an understudied subject, but Rable's thorough study goes a long way toward rectifying the neglect. . . . A heroic feat of research."
-James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books
"No short review can do justice to the depth of research and the command of subject that distinguish Rable's book."
"Encompasses a wide range of religious expression in the United States at the time. . . . Contains many anecdotes that illustrate how religion played an essential part in the war."
-University of Alabama News
"Rable's work attests that historians cannot understand the Civil War without including the role of religion and that those who ignore it misapprehend how those who lived during the war saw the conflict."
-Utah Historical Quarterly
"The kind of in-depth study of the role of religion in American wars that will appeal to a wide range of scholars of American history."
-Journal of Southern Religion
"An expansive narrative that includes a wide range of voices across half a decade."
-Journal of Illinois History
"Award-winning historian George Rable offers the most expansive and thorough take on the subject to date . . . . The most complex and detailed analysis of religion and the Civil War yet written."
"There are precious few religious histories of the [Civil] war. . . . God's Almost Chosen Peoples
is less judgmental and more expansive."
-Sociology of Religion
"I lamented the end of this book. Rable's recounting was so gripping and moving that one simply wanted more. Rable is a historian's historian, one who has sifted an enormous mound of evidence, dealt fairly with it, made good sense of it, and spun a captivating tale."
-Mid-America Journal of Theology
"This long overdue book will interest those who care about American religious history, the Civil War, and church history in general."
-Mid-America Journal of Theology
"George C. Rable is one of the greatest American historians working, and this new book cements that reputation."
-Journal of Southern History