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Shadowed Ground: America's Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy Revised Edition
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The book covers the sites of disaster, assassination, murder and accident all across America, including nearly every site and shrine in Texas. We review it not just for it's interesting content, but its coverage of a most unusual type of geography. It's a thought-provoking book at how, why and in what manner we deal with the sites of violence (and tragedy).
The individual stories of the incidents are told completely, but without distracting from the book's theme.
It's a unique book and should remain so for some time. Foote's thoroughness guarantees that.
All of which is to say that the organization of the argument in this book, and the organization of the chapters, is an analytical mess.
Fortunately, the stories Foote tells are pretty interesting. He tells of communities deciding to memorialize industrial accidents and other tragedies. Foote gives us the stories of Texans and Mormons reinterpreting history through their monuments, and how Bostonians changed their minds about the Boston Massacre. We see controversies over John Brown at Harpers Ferry, important labor movement sites, anti-war protests, and all the rest. Those stories all make the book well worth reading.
It's heartbreaking, bloodchilling, and inspiring, all in one
book. These are stories that often remain untold and hidden in our culture, yet they are a distinct and vital part of
our national experience. I read the first edition, by the way,
and I now plan to buy the second, updated edition, which I
anticipate will deal with the World Trade Center attacks, the
Pentagon attack, and the Shencksville, PA, air crash. If you
buy one book this year, buy this one!
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This is an astonishing book, one that defies easy categorization or even any categorization at all. It is by turns
thought-provoking, horrifying, and inspiring, and the buyer... Read more
Excellent overview of why we choose to designate tragic events in some cases, and hush-up others shamefully. Poignant, original... Read morePublished on May 21, 2003