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Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz

Confederates in the Attic (edition 1999)

by Tony Horwitz, Michael Beck (Reader)

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Title:Confederates in the Attic
Authors:Tony Horwitz
Other authors:Michael Beck (Reader)
Info:Random House Audio (1999), Edition: Abridged, Audio Cassette
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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz

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    Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson (lquilter)
    lquilter: Jon Ronson's "Them" and Tony Horwitz's "Confederates in the Attic" both offer wry, personal observations of cultures, not their own, often derided by others.
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I picked up the book on a whim from a little free library. It started off well but about halfway through the book I really started to lose interest and didn't finish it. The book takes us on the path of history through the American Civil War and spends a long time on a "Gasm", or trying to hit as many Civil War historical places as possible in a limited amount of time. This is where they lost me. Too much detail caused the book to bog down and I began to flip ahead looking for somewhere else to pick up the story. For the Civil War buff this is a perfect book but for the casual observer it borders on overload. ( )
  PropLady67 | May 4, 2015 |
This is my favorite book (so far) of the summer of 2008! Portrait of 90s America through the lens of the ever-troubled relationship between North and South, black and white, past and present. Funny, weird, wonderful, scary, sad--I was at times shocked, at other times just plain tickled by the relationships Horwitz describes in his work. Highly recommended for anyone who likes nonfiction and still has a memory of his/her own childhood fascination with Civil War history (Horwitz's remembrances of his own obsession with learning all he could about the Civil War reminded me of my own voluminous reading as a child and the eerie sense of presence I felt when I visited Gettysburg in 1983, right around the anniversary of the battle in early July). Good, good stuff here. ( )
  AlisonLea | Jan 10, 2015 |
Intriguing view of a side of America that most people don’t come across. The moral of the story is sort of refreshing, but the state of things is not. However, things can only get better. I suppose and hope.

As for the book, it gets a little stale in the middle. The narrative gets a little repetitive. Perhaps it’s supposed to be so. Regardless, an interesting read that I’m happy to have ingested. ( )
  TJWilson | Feb 10, 2014 |
I really enjoy Horowitz' books. Having grown up in the South, but never truly having understood the attraction many southerners have for the Civil War, Horowitz wrote an awesome, sometimes funny, and especially interesting accounting of southerners' passion for the Civil War. Horowitz goes all the way into his research and even joins a group of Civil War reenactors. ( )
  TimmyP | Oct 8, 2013 |
A penetrating and sometimes funny look at what the Civil War means to Americans, especially in the Southeastern states. Highly recommended. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
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Nostalgia tinges ''Confederates in the Attic'' but seldom. One of the ironies of this book is that Horwitz is clearly a deep-dyed peace seeker. His judiciously balanced sympathies make him uncomfortable at times, caught between two camps fighting over turf. He longs for roots in the land. What he has is roots in intellectual honesty.
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Southerners are very strange about the war.

-- Shelby Foote
To my father
who gave me the passion,
and to my mother
who gave me the paint
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In 1965, a century after Appomattox, the Civil War began for me at a musty apartment in New Haven, Connecticut.
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Tony Horwitz, a former war correspondent, tells of his journeys to Civil War battlefields and the colorful people he meets along the way.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 067975833X, Paperback)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz returned from years of traipsing through war zones as a foreign correspondent only to find that his childhood obsession with the Civil War had caught up with him. Near his house in Virginia, he happened to encounter people who reenact the Civil War--men who dress up in period costumes and live as Johnny Rebs and Billy Yanks. Intrigued, he wound up having some odd adventures with the "hardcores," the fellows who try to immerse themselves in the war, hoping to get what they lovingly term a "period rush." Horwitz spent two years reporting on why Americans are still so obsessed with the war, and the ways in which it resonates today. In the course of his work, he made a sobering side trip to cover a murder that was provoked by the display of the Confederate flag, and he spoke to a number of people seeking to honor their ancestors who fought for the Confederacy. Horwitz has a flair for odd details that spark insights, and Confederates in the Attic is a thoughtful and entertaining book that does much to explain America's continuing obsession with the Civil War.

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"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. Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones; classrooms, courts, country bars where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War." -- Publisher's description.… (more)

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