“Gracefully written, often deeply affecting history. like the nation itself, Arlington bears the scars of its history, as Robert Poole eloquently shows.” ―Fergus Bordewich, Washington Post.
“Engaging. Robert Poole is an adroit sketcher of historical events, but even more of character.” ―The Economist
“Graceful and dignified…perhaps more than any other secular site in America, Arlington casts a religious spell. The effect is not accidental…there is ample evidence of sacramental need in the many Arlington rituals that Mr. Poole relates in such moving detail.” ―Wall Street Journal.
“Vivid, compelling, filled with rich and unexpected detail, On Hallowed Ground tells the little-understood story of Arlington National Cemetery and in the process chronicles how we have honored--and sometimes dishonored--those who gambled everything on our behalf. Robert M. Poole is a fine storyteller and this is a great story.” ―Geoffrey C. Ward, author of The Civil War and The War: An Intimate History 1941-1945
“Improbably gripping and often deeply moving, On Hallowed Ground chronicles both the evolution of our national cemetery and the profound ways in which treatment of the war dead reflects a nation's soul. Readers interested in political, social or military history from the Civil War on will want to read this book.” ―Caroline Alexander, author of The Endurance
“Most Americans, especially most historians, think they know all about Arlington Cemetery. They respect what it represents, and revere the heroes resting there. But only Robert Poole has brought to life all the historic figures, from privates to presidents, who made this national shrine and populate its rolling hills. On Hallowed Ground is a memorable combination of historical research, first-hand reporting and sensitive writing--a definitive work that should last as long as the eternal flame at John Kennedy's grave site.” ―Ernest B. Furgurson, author of Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War
“In his stirring, evocative style, Robert Poole blends Arlington's untold story with America's own story, as Robert E. Lee's home, a prize of war in a divided nation, evolves--through wars and peace--into America's most hallowed ground.” ―Thomas B. Allen, coauthor of The Bonus Army
“Robert M. Poole not only captures the history of a venerable American institution but with it the politics of commemoration and reconciliation. Absolutely first rate.” ―Paul Dickson, coauthor of The Bonus Army
“Robert Poole has coupled superb storytelling with meticulous research and produced a gem. On Hallowed Ground is by turns illuminating, informative, and enormously readable. In the future you will never think of Arlington Cemetery withut recalling the tales contained in this marvelous book.” ―Robert Timberg, author of The Nightingale's Song and State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time
"Mr. Poole recounts the somewhat shameful origins of what would become a national treasure, going on to tell the Arlington's story down to the present day .... Arlington's later history, as told by Mr. Poole in graceful and dignified prose, is ... inspiring .... War for Americans has become a sort of sacrament ... There is ample evidence of sacramental need in the many Arlington trituals that Mr. Poole relates in such moving detail."--"Grave Matters: The Surprising Origins and Enduring Importance of Arlington National Cemetery" in The Wall Street Journal
"Poole's book tells the stories of many of those buried in 70 sections across these rolling hills just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. On Hallowed Ground is part history less, part tourist guide, part mystery novel."--"Arlington, alive with history: On Hallowed Ground tells stories of veterans from the Civil War to the fresh 'saddest acre in America'" in USA Today