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3.0 out of 5 stars worth the effort of separating the wheat from the chaff, June 16, 1998
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This review is from: Confederates in the Attic : Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (Hardcover)
Confederates in the Attic is a good read, but the subtitle, Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, needs to be understood. This is not an exhaustive study of an issue, but snapshots taken on a journey around the edges; and, it is important to keep in mind, that the one taking the pictures chooses the subjects. In this case, it is the fringe subjects he has chosen. If you do keep that in mind, you can enjoy each snapshot without trying to make it fit into a bigger picture. This is not easy to do since it seems Horwitz himself forgets the dispatch philosophy and tries to bring a continuity to the work by tying it together under the theme of simmering southern racism and the dissenting opinions over the meaning of the Rebel batttle flag. Horwitz is at his best when he simply tells the story and lets it speak for itself. When he tries to extrapolate some greater theme, he gets into trouble. In a work this size, he can not exhaust a subject to present needed objectivity. He reminds me of the blind man grabbing the tail of an elephant and declaring the elephant is like a rope. Read this book like you're looking at the tail of the elephant and enjoy it for what it is--good stories, well told. But don't for a minute think you're viewing the whole elephant.
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Initial post: Feb 17, 2010 12:05:07 PM PST
Carter Adler says:
Great review! You've summed up my thoughts about the book better than I could have myself.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 12:08:08 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 25, 2014 11:51:33 AM PDT
Mary A. says:
Southern racisim is hardly a "fringe" subject. Yes, it is a shame and an embarrassment, but for anyone who has a nodding acquaintance with our sister Southern neighbors, it has been THE subject for over 300 years.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2015 7:00:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2015 7:01:58 AM PDT
JNagarya says:
Nor is the desire to destroy the Union a "fringe" reality, as we see with voter ID and other elements in the effort to restore Jim Crow; the gutting of the Voting Rights Act; the racist gerrymandering . . .

The foulness that was the Confederacy is still writhing, and stinking up the place.
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