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The Myth of the Lost Cause Audiobook

The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won

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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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  • Striker
    Atlanta, GA
    1/02/17
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    "America Needs to Read This Book... Right Now."

    This was simply an outstanding book through-and-through. It's not even in the genre of audiobooks I would usually listen to, but when I saw the description for the book I knew I had to listen. This should be required reading for student and history teacher in America.

    This book debunks the now popular theory that the Civil War was not about slavery. Having lived only minutes from Gettysburg at one point, I was very well aware of this popular myth that every Civil War historian and Gettysburg expert in the area literally scoffed at. I now know that this myth is called the Myth of the Lost Cause, and it goes even deeper and further back in history than I could ever have imagined.
    Now a resident of the Southern United States, the Myth of the Lost Cause and other misconceptions discussed in this book are prominent.

    This book look delves into the political climate before during and after the civil war, recreates battles and historical moments in history, and examines the origins of the myth that is now all too commonplace.

    If you are interested in American history, politics, the Civil War, or if you have ever heard of these now commonly spewed falsehoods, then this book is for you.
    If everyone in America reads this book, maybe we will be one step closer to being a less divided nation...

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    11/02/17
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    "Indisputable proofs, flawless argumentation."

    I am about four hours into this audiobook. And I am a rabid champion of the State's rights and found some resonance with the arguments I had heard, to the effect that the Civil war was far more about the rights of the States than it was about slavery (while at the same time finding slavery absolutely deplorable). About one hour in, I had every myth exploded and many times over disproven.

    Which ever side you lean towards, you must account for the facts presented herein if you want to hold your beliefs honestly.

    The Civil war WAS primarily about slavery.
    If you hesitate to affirm that proposition wholeheartedly, read this book to erase any doubt in your mind. Or write a book answering to the facts presented here, and once you have finished, read your book and see to what extent you have evaded reality, tortured language and twisted history to make your case.

    The narrator did an excellent job as well.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy Addison
    27/11/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    26/10/16
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Marie Taylor
    22/10/16
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    "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,
    Good job!
    I
    Highly recommend reading this book to all students!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bernie Cullen
    Yardley, PA USA
    16/09/16
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    "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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefkent
    Gulfport, MS USA
    30/12/16
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    "Should be Required Reading for All Teachers"

    This book should be required by anyone who teaches American History! "The Lost Cause" myth has driven US politics up to this election. The only "states' rights" involved in the Civil War were those of the northern states! The southern states wanted their slavery laws to be recognized by the northern states. Every state ceding from the Union, (save Louisiana), mentioned their right and need to own slaves as their reason for doing so. (Lincoln wasn't even president yet)!
    All the CSA needed to do to win independence was NOT lose; the Union had to invade and conquer the CSA to win. The South had natural defenses and interior lines of communication. The South had pre-existing militias organized, (Nat Turner). The North was deeply split on the question of slavery. The survival of the Union was the reason was why most Northerners went to war. Most of western Europe favored breaking up the United States and were leaning towards the CSA winning. Immediately he South wrong footed by freezing exports of cotton. (This is why cotton is now grown in Egypt and India). This did not endear the CSA to England in particular. By time the freeze came off, the Union had begun their blockade.
    R.E. Lee was a good tactician, pretty much sucked as a strategist. He could see much past his home state of Virginia, (he was CSA general in chief). Wouldn't move either himself nor his army from the theater, and kept insisting on attacking and invading. He actually had 50,000 more total killed and wounded than Grant did during the war. Considering that Grant fought more battles with larger armies, (and was labeled as a "butcher"), it is no wonder that Grant is considered as the greatest American general of the Civil War by European military historians! Grant was a true general in chief for the North, coordinating all Union operations, 1864-65. History was rewritten after Lee died into the "Northern War of Aggression", and in the interest of reconciliation the North gave it a wink and a nod.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • F. Pryor
    San Francisco
    13/03/17
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    "An outstanding rebuttal"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a thorough and devastating reply to the white-washing of the civil war. Mr. Bonekemper methodically dismantles the assertion that slave-holding states seceded for reasons other than the extention of slavery and the sanctification of white supremacy. The book is exhaustively researched and it's assertions are supported on every point with citations to original documents and contemporary accounts while illustrating countless attempts to replace the brutal facts with the incredible narrative that slaves were grateful for their subjugation and that the war was a case of a benign southern utopia victimized by northern aggression.

    Facts are things. Facts have consequences. In times like these, while we all suffer from an active conspiracy against fact, a war on truth, it is useful to remind ourselves what a reasoned argument sounds like.

    The single flaw in the Audible version of this work is the wooden narration. While this work is detail-heavy, I did not find it to be overly dry. But the robotic reading did not help in this regard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    9/03/17
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    "Fascinating look at Civil War history"

    Fascinating look at Civil War history. Although the delivery was somewhat dry at times, I found the whole thing very educational.

    The narrator did a wonderful job. Very enjoyable.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue
    earth
    6/03/17
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    "Solid presentaion on a dark time"

    I found this to be a well presented narrative on the subject. The author does a solid job of presenting the object argument, partitioning the details and sub-factors of the position and summarizing a reasoned conclusion.

    This book presents a good deal of information in a reasoned and relative fashion so as to be easily understandable to the listener.

    I found this to be a worthwhile listen. I appreciate the information and the knowledge given by the author.

    The narrator does an excellent job of preforming this book. This type of book can be challenging to present in a way that keeps the listener engaged. Mr. McAllister did an excellent job in giving this piece a voice.

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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