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It's an interesting idea, but unfortunately the book doesn't quite live up to its promise.
Dr. Stout has written a well balanced study of this war from the perspective of evaluating its moral issues for our society.
The book's subtitle, "A Moral History of the Civil War", is an accurate description of what the book is about.
A moral history is, as this author so carefully points out, an attempt to put brackets around the "ought" and the "actuality. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Herbert L Calhoun
The writer has tried to produce a truly unbiased account of how our nation's bloodiest and most significant war was fought. Read morePublished 7 months ago by steamduck43
This was a surprise read. Dr. Stout has written a well balanced study of this war from the perspective of evaluating its moral issues for our society. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Thomas D. Mackie
The idea from this book is fascinating, a leading scholar of American religion tries to tackle and morally evaluate the bloodiest conflict in American history. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maybe
Very well researched history of the Civil War from a unique viewpoint. Outlines the War in an easily comprehended manner, and looks at the influence of religion and the secular... Read morePublished 16 months ago by James W. Peoples
Harry Stout's Upon the Altar of the Nation narrated the events of the Civil War through a moral lens composed of just war principles. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jonathan Andersen
This is a profound and important perspective on the moral issues raised by the Civil War. You may not agree with all of author Stout's conclusions, but this is fresh, thought... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Swift 37
Professor Stout ignores completely what is the most interesting "moral" question about the Civil War. Read morePublished 20 months ago by LetUsHavePeace
This is an important and interesting book. Stout looks at the most destructive war (in terms of American casualties) our country has ever fought from a moral perspective. Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by T. Grimsrud