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This review is from: This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library) (Paperback)
I found fewer insights that I expected in exchange for reading 270 pages of graphic reports about death, burial, heartbreak and other agonies (the term for this book that came most to my mind during my reading was "unrelenting"). The intellectual core of this book is the "Believing and Doubting" chapter, which lays out the literary evidence for changes in the public approach to war and nationalism that prefigured the greater disillusionments of World War I. The rest might be of interest to historians, but to a member of the general public like me, it is mainly a litany of despair.