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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War Paperback – February 22, 1999
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A War reenactor friend recommended I read the book. We were talking about the modern-day states rights concerns and he said that the debate had its origins at Fort Sumter. So, I picked up the book thinking it would simply be a survey of what I now know is called neo-Confederate thought. But I was more than a little bit thrilled to find that it was not just a sociological study, but also a travelogue-probably my favorite kind of book.
After returning to the States from an extended time abroad, Horwitz's childhood interest in the Civil War-and especially Rebels-was rekindled after a band of hardcore reenactors showed up in his yard on their way to a battlefield. Soon he began to tour the South visiting relevant War sites and interviewing the Confederate descendants that kept that cause's heritage alive. Horwitz's has an amazing gift for storytelling and it shines through in this book. He has an uncanny ability to come across mundanely interesting characters in his travels and to write their stories with an original verve.
The book is also balanced. Although he is a Yankee, Horwitz's affinity for the Rebels is evident. But he checks that affinity with a good dose of history and reality. He conveys the notion that the South's resentment of the North is not wholly unjustified, but actually often well placed. At the same time, though, he illustrates the willful naivete that makes Gods of Confederate generals and that forgets the Old South's uglier sides.Read more ›
I must warn Yankees, however, that this book doesn't really give a great example of what you should expect to encounter when you come to the South. Yes, Southerners take pride in being Southern and honor their Confederate heroes, but it's not as immediate a concern to most people as Horwitz would have you believe. Southerners mainly just don't like always being portrayed by the Northern media as rednecks and racists, when the North has just as many of both. Often this is why we hold dear our Confederate heritage as a kind of fraternal solidarity-bloc to fend off Northern bias.
All in All, good read...in short, you won't put it down before you're done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was assigned reading back in college, and I saved the book, not only because the trade in value was zilch, but also because I loved the book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by zubrickk
The paperback was a mess but the hardback was perfect! It is a birthday gift for my son this month! Besides that, everything ok! Thank you! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Robin Jay
If I had read this when it came out I probably would have given it a 5. But it does still show a lot of what relates to rise of Donald Trump. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R.L.D.
I have been a reader of Civil War books for over 50 years and none ever made me laugh like this one did, and none covered modern reenactment psychology either. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Percy Dovetonsils
I give this book to every Yankee I know traveling to the Old South. Its a great read that captures a key part of Southern culture.Published 3 months ago by Cliff H
It helped me understand political attitudes in the south that have always puzzled me.Published 3 months ago by Caro Quilt
I thought Confederates would be a yawner but I was wrong. It was a very good book about Civil War buffs. Some of them are nuts.Published 3 months ago by Gordon Peck
My husband, being a Civil War reenactor, is getting a good laugh out of this book. EnjoyablePublished 3 months ago by Dawn M. Cornett
This book is a travelogue wherein author Tony Horwitz travels broadly throughout the South - the Carolinas, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee -... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Louis Foster