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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (edição 1999)

por Tony Horwitz (Autor)

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Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance. He joins "hardcore" reenactors; witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war; finds that Andersonville Prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of an eccentric pilgrim. Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, this book brings alive old battlefields and new ones--classrooms, courts, country bars--where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Autores:Tony Horwitz (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (1999), 432 pages
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Full of racism and hate, as you would probably expect. Nonetheless, Horwitz manages to keep his tone light and the book is always readable (if a bit too long).

> Nor had the battle much altered the terrain. In 1862 generals still hewed to Napoleonic tactics; they thought trench-digging would demoralize troops and discourage them from going on the offensive

> First Manassas was also the first battle where North and South adopted the annoying habit of calling the same engagement by different names. Southerners tended to name battles after nearby towns—hence, Manassas—while Northerners chose geographic features, usually a body of water: hence Bull Run, the stream on whose banks the fight began. This rule also prevailed at Sharpsburg (known to Northerners as Antietam, after a creek near the town) and Murfreesboro (Stones River), though not at Shiloh, which the South named for a log church, while Northerners originally referred to the battle as Pittsburg Landing, after a nearby docking place. Go figure.

> Petersburg’s apartheid was so profound that graduates of the first integrated class at the city’s main public high school had recently held two twenty-fifth reunions: one for whites, one for blacks. Steve, who had moved to Petersburg straight after law school, planned to flee as soon as he could land a job elsewhere. “This is the anus of the South,” he said.

> There were also posts delineating the “deadline,” a perimeter inside the stockade that no prisoner could cross without risking gunfire from the guard towers (this was also the origin of the modern newspaper phrase). ( )
  breic | Mar 30, 2021 |
Not bad at all. I just couldn't get into it. A few chapters on the topic were enough for me.
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
From Novelist: A journalist leads readers on a journey through the Old South, tangling with the forces of white rage, rebel grit, and regional pride in places where the Civil War is more than a memory.
  mackfuma | Oct 17, 2020 |
A few years ago I went on a tour in Dalton GA which went around to various places associated with the Great Locomotive Chase. I got the feeling from one of the tour guides that for her, the Civil war was still going on. I am not a civil war buff but I was curious, being a transplanted yankee in the South since 1961, to learn more about people's attitudes toward the war. I started this book by looking up some of the places that I had been to or wanted to go to, and the section on Andersonville, GA, was where I started, After that, I continued with the next couple chapters, and finally went back and started at the beginning and read the whole book. I read it over a period of a month or more, and it held my interest the whole time. I asked a friend who is much more interested in the Civil War than I am, and he said it was boring, but then he was raised in the south.

What I got from the book is that opinions about the war are all over the place, depending on who you ask. There are enough people who care deeply about it and its consequences that it will never go away. ( )
  Mapguy314 | Apr 26, 2020 |
What a book! What a writer! I picked up the book after hearing a few people in the bookstore mention this book after I purchased his latest book as a present for my spouse. They said this book was "transformative". What I found most fascinating now, being in the era of Trump, is Horwitz's interviews in the mid 1990's with people I would call "pre-Trumpers". It illuminated how the base of 45 was in the making for decades. I didn't know much about the Civil War and the topic was not on my radar, but Horwitz held my attention. He has a unique and engaging way to write about the South, the War, and the cast of characters who make their life's work about keeping the legacy of their forefathers alive. Bravo! ( )
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Nostalgia tinges ''Confederates in the Attic'' but seldom. One of the ironies of this book is that Horwitz is clearly a deep-dyed peace seeker. His judiciously balanced sympathies make him uncomfortable at times, caught between two camps fighting over turf. He longs for roots in the land. What he has is roots in intellectual honesty.
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Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance. He joins "hardcore" reenactors; witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war; finds that Andersonville Prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of an eccentric pilgrim. Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, this book brings alive old battlefields and new ones--classrooms, courts, country bars--where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways.--From publisher description.

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