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Confederates in the attic : dispatches from the unfinished Civil War
Tony Horwitz
Adult Nonfiction E468.9 .H78 1998

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The first book the author's Russian grandfather bought on emigrating to the U.S., though he neither read nor spoke English, was about the Civil War, a book he still pored over into his 90s. And when Horwitz was a child, his father read him tales of the Civil War instead of fairy tales and children's literature. The powerful hold of that conflict on a diverse assortment of Americans translates into more than 60,000 books on the subject, according to the author; for some Civil War buffs it is an obsession that generates a startling number of clubs whose members regularly reenact the battles, playing out once again the logistics, problems, hardships, leading characters, losses and victories. Horwitz (Baghdad Without a Map), on a year-long exploration of these groups throughout the South, participated in some of their activities and came to know the lives and personalities of several of their members. His vivid, personal account is a mesmerizing review of history from a novel and entertaining angle. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

From the first chapter‘in which Horwitz details how he was recruited into the world of Civil War reenactors, or "living historians," as they prefer it‘the reader is likewise drawn in. But this is not an outsider's tale of strange men and their silly games. It is the work of a skilled journalist looking at how‘and why‘the War Between the States continues to live in so many issues still with us. (LJ 2/1/98) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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