More than 60,000 books have been published on the Civil War. Most Americans, though, get their ideas about the war why it was fought, what was won, what was lost not from books but from movies, television, and other popular media.
In an engaging and accessible survey, Gallagher guides listeners through the stories told in recent film and art, showing how they have both reflected and influenced the political, social, and racial currents of their times. The most influential perspective for the Civil War generation, says Gallagher, is almost entirely absent from the Civil War stories being told today. This lively investigation into what popular entertainment teaches us and what it reflects about us will prompt listeners to consider how we form opinions on current matters of debate, such as the use of the military, the freedom of dissent, and the flying of the Confederate flag.
©2008 The University of North Carolina Press (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"Sums Up the Absurdity of Artistic Interpretation"
The author lays out his case and backs it up very well. While I did not agree with every single thing he said, I have no doubt that his viewpoint is well justified and on a better foundation than my own.
Once again, Gary Gallagher has challenged me to think twice about whether history is based in fact or opinion.
This is a great book for anyone who is interested in the American Civil War.
"Don't believe all that you see"
This book discusses the many different way to look at civil war in events. I found it interesting but also a little deep. Of the Gary Gallagher lectures I have listened to I found this one the most tedious. I speed through the last two chapters getting the just of the matter. I Gus's we all like the south because they where the underdog. As most paintings sold depict southern generals. I would like to see Gary do a lecture about Ulysses S Grant.
I have the feeling this man is much maligned in the lexicon of lititure.
I am glad this book was short.
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