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Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War Paperback – Bargain Price, March 27, 2007
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I noticed one of the other reviewers wrote that it was confusing; he says there is nothing edifying and the fundamental problem is the absence of a definition of what a 'moral' history is. To this I say, herein lies the most edifying aspect of the book, the fact that Stout does define what a moral history is, and in so doing, he turns a period of our history that might otherwise be nothing more than a blight, into something that might teach us valuable lessons and insights on what we might avoid.
The validity of Stout's historical methodology lies in the fact that he is a pioneer, and it is understandable that his is misunderstood. Some readers might try to put this book into categories they are familiar with, and when they find it does not fit neatly into their preconceived notions of what a history of the Civil War should look like, they might get frustrated. However, if you approach the book understanding that it is a new methodology and try seeing it through the lense of 'morality' and 'justice,' it has enormous implications.
My prediction is that Stout is a strong candidate for the Pulitzer with this ground-breaking book. I also predict that 'Upon the Altar of the Nation' will cause historians to ask a great deal of questions heretofor neglected. A whole new branch of history is on the horizon.
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This is a book whose subject will frustrate, disappoint, and anger you not because of the book itself but due to the subject. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nelson Banuchi
Civil war buffs will find a lot of old known items and a few new ones on battles, etc. in this rather long book. So, for me, it was going over a lot of known territory. Read morePublished 7 months ago by an amazing guy
Terrific insights on the shifting moral stances of churches, soldiers and politicians before and during the Civil War. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Genevieve Timpane
I devoured this book and have happily recommended it often.
To me, this is history as it should be done: winsomely, honestly, and engagingly. Read more
Great book, good insights as both a retired soldier and a minister, it helps me to think a bit differentlyPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am currently reading Harry S. Stouts "Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War". Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adam Harmon
A moral history is, as this author so carefully points out, an attempt to put brackets around the "ought" and the "actuality. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 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 on May 19, 2013 by steamduck43