The former Confederate states have continually mythologized the South's defeat to the North, depicting the Civil War as unnecessary, or as a fight over states' Constitutional rights, or as a David v. Goliath struggle in which the North waged "total war" over an underdog South. In The Myth of the Lost Cause, historian Edward Bonekemper deconstructs this multi-faceted myth, revealing the truth about the war that nearly tore the nation apart 150 years ago.
©2015 Edward H. Bonekemper III (P)2016 Regnery Publishing
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The authors thorough debunking of the "Myth" is good. But the discussions of Lee and Grant really added to my understanding of the War. By the end he has convincingly made the dual cases that Grant, not Lee, was by far the better general and that Lee indeed may have done more harm than good to the Lost Cause. The discussion of Vicksburg alone was worth the read. Highly recommend this book.
"great writing weak reading"
The author presents points and counter points about the Lost Cause Theory - many of which I had not heard before. Many first-person accounts are included to give the writing weight- they are used to show the point that author makes. Would recommend to any student or historian of the Civil War.
The only weakness is that the narrator slunds like a robot. He pronounces many of the words wrong. It's hard to listen to sometimes
"Important historical work"
When I was in Gettysburg a few months ago, I saw a tee shirt in a display window featuring a Confedrate stars and bars in the center with the words, "Don't Criticize What You Don't Understand". Having visited the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond along with the Davis White House, and a number of battlefields including Antitem and New Market, and having read a good deal of literature on the subject I asked myself, "What is it I don't understand." Yet this work was a revelation as it peeled off layers of revisionist history and bluntly revealed truths about that conflict that, while I was aware of them deep down were still covered in a patina of sympathy for the unfortunate southerners who endured the brunt of the catastrophy. Fact is they brought it on themsleves and this book has the courage to illustrate that fact. A must read for anyone wishing to have an accurate understanding of the war and its place in United States history.
"Why orginal documents are so critical."
From the start of the 19 century to today I believe that it has been more accurate to say history is written by the loser. This had been the case both world wars and the American Civil War. The Lost Cause myth has been the main example of this fact for the later war.
Bomekemper's book is a counter to this myth and does a fantastic job using original documents and raw statistics to do so.
Well worth the read.
"Outstanding details and overview of civil war"
Please have students I. High schools read and discuss this book as a foundation of our countries history .
Learn geography , the history of the states, the history of slavery from this book. This is easy to read and understand and remember,
Highly recommend reading this book to all students!
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