Confederates in the attic : dispatches from the unfinished Civil War

by Horwitz, Tony, 1958-2019

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 11 copies
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport - White Oak Non Fiction 973.7 H789
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Green Tree Public Library Adult Nonfiction 973.7 HOR c.1
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Non-Fiction 973.7 HOR
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Moon Township Public Library Non-Fiction 973.7 HORWITZ
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North Versailles Public Library Non-Fiction 973.7 HORW
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Northern Tier Regional Library Nonfiction 973.7 HORWI
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 973.7 HOR 1998
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When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.         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.         In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'         Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "One of the prerequisites for a harmonious nation is the capacity to forget the pain of the past. Britons never seriously declare their personal resentment over the ill treatment of Saxons after the Norman Conquest. According to Horwitz's delightful but unsettling chronicle of his tour of the Old South, many people have yet to make peace with the past. In a South Carolina town, whites relate to Horwitz their pride in the "lost cause," even equating southern valor with the courage of Martin Luther King; a black preacher explains that affection for the "cause" strikes him as an endorsement of slavery. Esteemed Civil War scholar Shelby Foote strives to explain the origins of the Klan as the reaction to a perceived foreign occupation. In Baghdad without A Map, Horwitz displayed the gift of revealing the humanity of ordinary people that lies beneath the turbulence of the Middle East. This outstanding work shows his gift is still intact. It also shows that this nation still hasn't learned to cherish the past while forgetting the pain. --Jay Freeman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Horowitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign war correspondent, returned to his native U.S. turf to tackle the subject of our own Civil War and how its history is actively replayed by scores of grown men. He spent time among the hard-core buffs, the groups who put on period clothes and "re-enact" battles. As part of a self-imposed year-long "scheme" to examine the war's contemporary meaning, he does such things as visit a birthday party for Gen. Stonewall Jackson given by the Sons of the Confederacy. He also mulls over his own theories about the lasting legacy of the war, arguing that it was as much a cultural battle between the mores of North and South as a military one. Horowitz's rambling first-person narrative takes constant sidetracks and is made human with its self-effacing descriptions of his own foibles. This is why it works effectively as audio: it comes across more as a personal adventure than a polemical historical analysis. Though the author tells of being a Civil War buff since childhood, he nonetheless retains the freshness of an outsider's perspective (acting as a sort of foreign correspondent at home). Seasoned audio narrator Beck tries to convey this sense of freshness and boyish enthusiasm in his (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Horwitz, Tony, -- 1958-2019 -- Travel -- Southern States.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence.
Publisher New York :Pantheon Books,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description ix, 406 pages : 1 map ; 25 cm
ISBN 0679439781
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