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On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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“Gracefully written, often deeply affecting history. like the nation itself, Arlington bears the scars of its history, as Robert Poole eloquently shows.” ―Fergus Bordewich, Washington Post.
“Engaging. Robert Poole is an adroit sketcher of historical events, but even more of character.” ―The Economist
“Graceful and dignified…perhaps more than any other secular site in America, Arlington casts a religious spell. The effect is not accidental…there is ample evidence of sacramental need in the many Arlington rituals that Mr. Poole relates in such moving detail.” ―Wall Street Journal.
“Vivid, compelling, filled with rich and unexpected detail, On Hallowed Ground tells the little-understood story of Arlington National Cemetery and in the process chronicles how we have honored--and sometimes dishonored--those who gambled everything on our behalf. Robert M. Poole is a fine storyteller and this is a great story.” ―Geoffrey C. Ward, author of The Civil War and The War: An Intimate History 1941-1945
“Improbably gripping and often deeply moving, On Hallowed Ground chronicles both the evolution of our national cemetery and the profound ways in which treatment of the war dead reflects a nation's soul. Readers interested in political, social or military history from the Civil War on will want to read this book.” ―Caroline Alexander, author of The Endurance
“Most Americans, especially most historians, think they know all about Arlington Cemetery. They respect what it represents, and revere the heroes resting there. But only Robert Poole has brought to life all the historic figures, from privates to presidents, who made this national shrine and populate its rolling hills. On Hallowed Ground is a memorable combination of historical research, first-hand reporting and sensitive writing--a definitive work that should last as long as the eternal flame at John Kennedy's grave site.” ―Ernest B. Furgurson, author of Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War
“In his stirring, evocative style, Robert Poole blends Arlington's untold story with America's own story, as Robert E. Lee's home, a prize of war in a divided nation, evolves--through wars and peace--into America's most hallowed ground.” ―Thomas B. Allen, coauthor of The Bonus Army
“Robert M. Poole not only captures the history of a venerable American institution but with it the politics of commemoration and reconciliation. Absolutely first rate.” ―Paul Dickson, coauthor of The Bonus Army
“Robert Poole has coupled superb storytelling with meticulous research and produced a gem. On Hallowed Ground is by turns illuminating, informative, and enormously readable. In the future you will never think of Arlington Cemetery withut recalling the tales contained in this marvelous book.” ―Robert Timberg, author of The Nightingale's Song and State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time
"Mr. Poole recounts the somewhat shameful origins of what would become a national treasure, going on to tell the Arlington's story down to the present day .... Arlington's later history, as told by Mr. Poole in graceful and dignified prose, is ... inspiring .... War for Americans has become a sort of sacrament ... There is ample evidence of sacramental need in the many Arlington trituals that Mr. Poole relates in such moving detail."--"Grave Matters: The Surprising Origins and Enduring Importance of Arlington National Cemetery" in The Wall Street Journal
"Poole's book tells the stories of many of those buried in 70 sections across these rolling hills just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. On Hallowed Ground is part history less, part tourist guide, part mystery novel."--"Arlington, alive with history: On Hallowed Ground tells stories of veterans from the Civil War to the fresh 'saddest acre in America'" in USA Today
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Poole's account details the complex political and bureaucratic processes around the selection of unknown soldiers, and the developing culture of memorial to war dead as well as the role of the cemetery in attempting to heal internal national divisions (Civil War, Vietnam "war"). His detailing of how Robert E Lee's wife's family plantation was slowly appropriated alone is well worth the reading time. I also greatly appreciated how Poole's highlighting the design--land use, vistas, monuments, tombstones, rituals etc--deftly demonstrates that attention to detail reinforces beliefs and values. Examples include the categorization--by war, race and sex--of people buried, to a soldier's description of the practice needed folding a flag apparent simplicity of folding the flag at a state funeral.
There many things and further questions (areas of inquiry) that came to my mind as I read this book.Read more ›
I have been with the military all of my life. Arlington is a family and friend's cemetery, a very personal place and `On Hallowed Ground" comes the closest to touching the feelings that those of us that regard Arlington have as our personal hallowed remembrance as any book.
With that said I wish that there was more of the tales of the common military man here. Out of 267 pages more than 80 are devoted to the very detailed history of the Lees, the Civil War and the acquiring of the Lee land for this cemetery. I wish there was less of Lee, which has been previously covered by other books and more of the soul of the men and women of Arlington. The Old Guard is covered, but not to a great extent.
There is little of the expansion of the cemetery in and after the Vietnam era, which he attributes not to the war but to the popularity after Kennedy's burial, which he does a magnificent job of describing. But I remember an officer whose office suddenly overlooked the growing number of headstones as being insulted that, that was now the view from his office; and I of course could not reply what I was thinking, that maybe that is what he needed to see.Read more ›
I received this book as Christmas gift this year from a disabled Iraqi vet making a new life for himself along the Space Coast with me here in Florida. We have become friends. In honesty my initial reaction to the gift, was of course gracious, but as I thought about the pile of unread books seeking priority, my gut told me, having lived in Northern Virginia most of my life, what more stories about the old cemetery did I need to hear? Well, for whatever reasons, I cracked the cover. Ironically on a flight from Orlando to Regan National I read about the history of the land once belonging to Robert E. Lee as my flight covered the whole of the Confederacy in just less than two hours. I was hooked on the story. I assume Mr. Poole chose the word "story" as opposed to history, because the history of the cemetery is more appropriately contained within the lives of the thousands upon thousands of individuals now resting eternally.Read more ›
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What a great book that brought tears to my eyes numerous times.
A must read for everyone who loves and respects our country and those who served it.
This book was better than I could have even hopes for. Now I'm planning a trip to Arlington ! Must read for anyone who enjoys American history.Published 12 days ago by Mary
This was one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The history of this sacred place was captivating to read. Read morePublished 14 days ago by mtebbano
A very interesting account of this nation's most renowned military cemetery. A historic look back at the very beginning of Arlington Cemetery and a look to ithe future. Read morePublished 18 days ago by JOAN PIERCZYNSKI
It's a wonderful book. Very Informative and moving. I first listened to the book (narrated by the author) while driving to and from work. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Florence
This is a well-written description of the history and dedication of this well known cemetery. Not a dry recital of facts, but the use of many heart warming stories give the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I am a veteran. I did not know that our dog tags where started on the beginnings of the Arlington National Cemetery. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lenelle L. Mcalpin