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This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

(The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War:)

More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God. Throughout, the voices of soldiers and their families, of statesmen, generals, preachers, poets, surgeons, nurses, northerners and southerners come together to give us a vivid understanding of the Civil War's most fundamental and widely shared reality.

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  • Diane

    Sorry Guys!!! :(((. I was thinking it was tomorrow. Looking forward to next book.

    February 18, 2013

  • Matt

    Loved the book! Will probably read it again before the Meetup. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    January 27, 2013

  • Connie B.

    i'm having trouble posting, i replied but don't see it. you're right, Hubert, i think the librarian said 55 copies in the system, but i misremembered, and got only the "5" part. So there are plenty to go around.

    January 16, 2013

  • H H

    Hi Connie - Seems like some of the other editions are more plentiful - I see (on the minuteman network) there are 58 copies of the hardcover. There are also e-media editions and audio books.

    January 16, 2013

  • Connie B.

    i've ordered my copy from library. they have 5 copies in library network.

    January 15, 2013

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