Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War


Thomas Fleming’s richly detailed and eminently readable account of events leading up to the Civil War, A Disease in the Public Mind (2013), is like a complex melodrama, populated by an intriguing assortment of heroes, villains, victims and plenty of surprises—some of which are very disturbing. Loaded with provocative insights, this book is a well-argued answer to that persistent question: Why did Americans fight the Civil War? 

Continue reading my America Magazine review via this link.



5 comments:

  1. the title sounds like a book about today's politics... but i suppose it's all connected: if it wasn't for the civil war, the country wouldn't be as divided as it is...

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    1. So, the disease persists without remission? Hmm.... not sure about that prognosis.

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    2. me neither... it all depends on your pov i guess...

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  2. i'll be gone for a few days: vacation at the beach...

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