The Civil War Book of Lists: Over 300 Lists, from the Sublime... to the Ridiculous

The Civil War Book of Lists: Over 300 Lists, from the Sublime... to the Ridiculous

The Civil War Book of Lists: Over 300 Lists, from the Sublime... to the Ridiculous

The Civil War Book of Lists: Over 300 Lists, from the Sublime... to the Ridiculous

Synopsis

One of the handiest one-volume sources of information ever assembled. Serious, and surprisingly hard to find, information on the nation and its people is interspersed with the many colorful characters and incidents so often associated with this dramatic conflict.

Excerpt

Americans have come to view facts in terms of numbers and lists more than ever before. The immense variety of lists available in everyday life tells us about the mood of the nation, the whims of fashion and reduces technical details into easily digestible information. The once dull practice of culling statistics has now become a popular form of information which has found a permanent home in today's mass media. This turn of events can of course be either benign or detrimental to the public at large depending on one's point of view. Certainly, the instant access to information through lists can increase public awareness. At the same time, however, reducing everything to facts and figures can transform even the most significant issues and events into impersonal numbers and data.

Numbers can often have a more serious impact than words if the reader takes a moment to ponder their implications. The Civil War Book of Lists is a cruel reminder of this fact. This book offers the opportunity to view the Civil War with the widest scope possible, to gain a full understanding of the nature of the country that went to war, the composition of the armies that took to the field and the battles that were fought. But the most lasting impact is the bloody cost incurred by the fighting that took place from 1861 to 1865. The butcher's bill was immeasurably high in terms of the cost of life during the war for Union and states' rights. The immense price the nation paid for the Civil War is laid out in these pages, not in mere numbers but in lives. Lists covering the bloodiest battles, the units which suffered the highest casualties and deaths by disease. These figures cut like a knife through the trite romanticism that still influences modern studies of the war.

The Civil War Book of Lists investigates other aspects of the War . . .

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