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A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War Hardcover – May 7, 2013

4.1 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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Bookviews, June 2013
“Though it is early in the year, I am inclined to believe that one of the best new books about U.S. history will be Thomas Fleming's A Disease in the Public Mind…[It] provides an insight that few others about the Civil War have done…I heartily recommend reading this book to understand what led to the Civil War—a long process—and the failed compromises that could not deter it.”



Bloomington Pantagraph, 7/30/13
“[Fleming] digs deep into why there was a War Between the States, starting years before anyone picked up a gun at Fort Sumter . This isn't a book one would want to browse—it's detailed down to the smallest item—but scholars of the Civil War will find it very interesting and, perhaps, thought-provoking.”

TrulyArts.com, 7/31/13
“A new take of the origins and background of the Civil War by one of the pre-eminent scholars and writers on the era…There are plenty of anecdotes in here to surprise you regardless of your stance or political leanings.”

The Waterline, 8/1/13
“Fleming is a regular staple among those who wish to understand America's Revolutionary history…Those with a true passion for American history will enjoy this new book.”

Veterans Reporter, August 2013
“This book is a breath of fresh air concerning the ever-growing library of work regarding the Civil War.”

PJmedia.com, 8/16/13
“Fleming has brought us an intelligent yet accessible account of part of this country's early history. He posits compelling new reasons to add to the debate over the causes of the Civil War.”



Kirkus Reviews, March 2013
“[A] thesis-driven tour.”

Booklist, 4/1
“The prolific Fleming, for decades a fixture among American historians, pinpoints public opinion as the proximate origin of the war…Making a plausible presentation of antebellum attitudes and illusions, Fleming is sure to spark lively discussion about the Civil War.”

Publishers Weekly, 3/18
 “[Fleming is] always a quirky, contrarian writer-historian.”

What Would the Founders Think?, 4/10/13
“An interesting and readable book. In the course of Fleming's narrative he casts light on some little discussed related events.”

Roanoke Times, 4/26/13
“A thoughtful examination of the root cause of that costly conflagration that interrupted the lives of the entire nation…Fleming's trademark as an historian is his ability to tell a story without interjecting his bias or his own opinions, unless they are supported by facts. In this book, Fleming continues that tradition of professional observation…Fleming's story about our ‘disease in the public mind' is the very essence of good history.”

Library Journal, 5/1/13
“Controversial.”

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1St Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306821265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306821264
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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