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01-09-2008, 06:07 AM
They were talking to Drew Gilpin Faust on NPR about this book.....

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Hardcover)
by Drew Gilpin Faust (Author)


Book Description
An illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War.

"..During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. An equivalent proportion of today’s population would be six million. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact of this enormous death toll from every angle: material, political, intellectual, and spiritual. The eminent historian Drew Gilpin Faust delineates the ways death changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation and its understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. She describes how survivors mourned and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God, pondered who should die and under what circumstances, and reconceived its understanding of life after death...."

01-09-2008, 06:34 AM
The audio of this interview will be available at www.npr.org after 4:00 this afternoon (1/9/08 ) under the archives. Excellent and insightful interview. I look forward reading the book.


01-09-2008, 07:47 AM
I'm listening to the interview on NPR right now.