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- Listening Length: 27 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 30, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UGJPWY
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David Goldfield, an historian at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, plunges headlong into the fray with America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation. Be forewarned: this is not one of those dry recitations of battles and generals and numbers of casualties. Goldfield makes history come alive when he goes beyond the usual "this is what happened" version of history. By delving into the social history of the United States, he also builds a compelling case for "this is why it happened." And, in what will no doubt draw ire from traditional historians, he ponders "what might have happened." While not quite entering the territory of alternative history, Goldfield proposes that the death and destruction of the Civil War might have been avoided while the result would have been the same: the end of slavery.
Goldfield sees the ominous roots of the Civil War in the Second Great Awakening in the decades before the conflict broke out. Here, for the first time in the fledgling nation's history, evangelical religion became entwined with politics.Read more ›
This book is well-written and has a good narrative. It focuses on a few key players (political and civilian) and so the reader experiences this era through them. This is a good approach and makes for good story telling, but also good continuity.
So, why only two stars? This book has had heaps of praise from other reviewers and even from critical reviews. There have been a couple criticism of his thesis, which is to be expected. My biggest complaint is in Goldfield's spotty scholarship. For a historian of Goldfield's stature, it is inexcusable to be sloppy with sources, quotes, and research. There are several instances throughout the book where Goldfield's quotations are simply misquoted. Some interesting stories are simplified to the point of actually being wrong. Some of the most famous Lincoln and Grant quotation from the war appear to have been written from off the top of his head as best he could remember them. The sentiment remains the same, but the wording is wrong. Is this really a big deal? Well...yeah, for a historian, it is. This is sloppy scholarship.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good.survey of America prior to and just after the Civil War. Too much emphasis on the influence of evangelicals in U.S. history. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Benedict Mondello
Absorbing and thought provoking look at both the causes of Civil War and its many implications to the nation we have become. Read morePublished 9 months ago by melipal
Unfortunately, this book loses the history part, instead focusing not on how the war built America, but spends half the length building up to the war. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Damon Edmondson
I did not get what the author was saying. A lot of useless rhetoric.Published 12 months ago by melvin koznoski
Interesting but pretty dry and very slow reading; however, content is important especially with the current Confederate Flag controversyPublished 13 months ago by Terrell ONeill
Great analysis of post war urbanization and impact on reconstruction. I am not convinced about the premise that war came about in large part by religious evangelical movementPublished 13 months ago by Brian Sullivan
May be the best single volume on the Civil War and the years that led up to it that I have read. The author's research into the events and trends of the 20 years prior to the war... Read morePublished 13 months ago by UpstateEd
I would definitely recommend this book. I really enjoyed the storytelling style for a non-fiction book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeff