A New Look at the Civil War


This Republic of Suffering:

Death and the American Civil War

  • Hardcover:$27.95
  • Publisher: Knopf (January 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 037540404X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375404047

In July, Civil War scholar Drew Gilpin Faust became the first woman president of Harvard (appropriately, replacing Lawrence H. Summers, who got into trouble for his denigrating remarks about women in the sciences).

Now, she has her first bestseller (she already has many titles to her credit, the most recent being Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, 1996, University of North Carolina Press). This Republic of Suffering is currently #24 on the Amazon list and #10 on the Boston Globe hardcover nonfiction list. It’s also the featured review on the cover of this week’s NYT Sunday Book Review and received an equally laudatory USA Today review (“Faust’s analysis will profoundly alter your understanding of the Civil War — perhaps of any war”) on Wednesday.

If you haven’t already, check your hold situation, you may need to buy more copies.

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