By Tony Horwitz
For all who stay intrigued by means of the legacy of the Civil struggle -- reenactors, battlefield viewers, accomplice descendants and different Southerners, heritage enthusiasts, scholars of present racial conflicts, and extra -- this ten-state experience is a component travelogue, half social statement and constantly good-humored. “Splendid.” –Roy Blount, Jr., The long island occasions e-book Review
When prize-winning struggle correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the center East for a calm nook of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he is placed conflict zones at the back of him. yet woke up one morning by way of the crackle of musket fireplace, Horwitz begins submitting front-line dispatches back this time from a conflict just about domestic, and to his personal heart.
Propelled by way of his boyhood ardour for the Civil conflict, Horwitz embarks on a look for areas and other people nonetheless held in thrall by way of America's maximum clash. the result's an event into the soul of the unvanquished South, the place the ghosts of the misplaced reason are resurrected via ritual and remembrance.
In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to accomplish the hollow-eyed glance of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and demands race battle sparked through the killing of a white guy who brandishes a insurgent flag; at Andersonville, he unearths that the prison's commander, finished as a struggle felony, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and within the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox within the corporation of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'
Written with Horwitz's signature combination of humor, heritage, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates within the Attic brings alive previous battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, state bars' the place the previous and the current collide, usually in explosive methods. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to somebody who has ever felt interested in the mythic South and to the darkish romance of the Civil War.
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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (Vintage Departures) by Tony Horwitz