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Confederates in the Attic : Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

Confederates in the Attic : Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679758334

Cover of Confederates in the Attic : Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War 98 (ISBN 978-0679758334)
ISBN13: 978-0679758334
ISBN10: 067975833X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Published: 1998
International: No

List price: $16.95

Confederates in the Attic : Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679758334

Tony Horwitz

ISBN13: 978-0679758334
ISBN10: 067975833X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Pantheon Books

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

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.'


Author Bio

Horwitz, Tony : The New Yorker

Tony Horwitz first wrote about the South and the Civil War as a third-grader in Maryland when he pencilled a book that began: "The War was started when after all the states had sececed (sic)." He went on to write about war full-time as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, reporting on conflicts in Bosnia, the Middle East, Africa, and Northern Ireland. After a decade abroad, Horwitz moved to a crossroads in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he now works as a staff writer for The New Yorker.

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