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The Myth of the Lost Cause Audiobook

The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won

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The former Confederate states have continually mythologized the South's defeat to the North, depicting the Civil War as unnecessary, or as a fight over states' Constitutional rights, or as a David v. Goliath struggle in which the North waged "total war" over an underdog South. In The Myth of the Lost Cause, historian Edward Bonekemper deconstructs this multi-faceted myth, revealing the truth about the war that nearly tore the nation apart 150 years ago.

©2015 Edward H. Bonekemper III (P)2016 Regnery Publishing

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  • Sandy Addison
    27/11/16
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    "Why orginal documents are so critical."

    From the start of the 19 century to today I believe that it has been more accurate to say history is written by the loser. This had been the case both world wars and the American Civil War. The Lost Cause myth has been the main example of this fact for the later war.

    Bomekemper's book is a counter to this myth and does a fantastic job using original documents and raw statistics to do so.

    Well worth the read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    11/02/17
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    "Indisputable proofs, flawless argumentation."

    I am about four hours into this audiobook. And I am a rabid champion of the State's rights and found some resonance with the arguments I had heard, to the effect that the Civil war was far more about the rights of the States than it was about slavery (while at the same time finding slavery absolutely deplorable). About one hour in, I had every myth exploded and many times over disproven.

    Which ever side you lean towards, you must account for the facts presented herein if you want to hold your beliefs honestly.

    The Civil war WAS primarily about slavery.
    If you hesitate to affirm that proposition wholeheartedly, read this book to erase any doubt in your mind. Or write a book answering to the facts presented here, and once you have finished, read your book and see to what extent you have evaded reality, tortured language and twisted history to make your case.

    The narrator did an excellent job as well.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • John M Bryant
    28/04/17
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    "If you believe..."

    ... that the south seceded for anything other than slavery, that Robert E Lee was a great general, or that Ulysses S Grant was a butcher, you must listen to this book. It is high time for our nation to learn and deal with the full truth of the Civil War.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve H. Caldwell
    Tacoma, WA
    30/01/17
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    "Well researched destruction of the myth."

    I picked this up because I Thought it sounded interesting. It was. It is a very well researched and argued destruction of the Lost Cause Myth, that the War was about states rights, not slavery, and the south had no chance of winning. Both are resoundingly disproven, and only someone completely myopic could argue the results. This book is a must read for any Civil war buff, or anyone interested in history for that matter.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sean Lowman
    Colora, MD USA
    05/02/17
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    "Want to understand the Civil War? Read this book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Myth of the Lost Cause to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of this book. But I believe this one would have the same disadvantages as most history audiobooks do. First, no maps. Descriptions of battles and tactics, no matter how good, will not have the same impact without maps to look at. This could be remedied by listening to the book while looking at maps online. Second, no footnotes. As a historian, I like to be able to find the original sources for the many quotes and other facts given in the text. There are so many in this book that I would really like to see in their original context. I would recommend getting the print version just to look at the maps and footnotes, while listening to the audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ulysses S Grant was my favorite character. The reexamination of Grant's performance in the Civil War made an excellent case for the argument that Grant was a superior general to Robert E. Lee. Especially the in depth look at the Vicksburg campaign.


    Have you listened to any of C.J. McAllister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have heard C.J. McAllister narrate an audiobook. I found his voice to be clear and strong. He doesn't rush through the text like some narrators. He allows an appropriate amount of time for pauses between sentences and paragraphs, giving me a moment to take in what I have just heard. I also appreciate that he didn't attempt to do southern accents while reading quotes from the various southern politicians and generals that are quoted in the book. I find that sort of thing to be unnecessary in a history book. Overall, I think McAllister is one of the better narrators I have listened to. If he were to narrate other books on topics I enjoy, I would be more inclined to pick them up.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have really enjoyed listening to this in one sitting. It isn't one of those dry history books that you need to take a break from frequently. The text is well written, and its delivered in a manner that makes it easy to get caught up in. If I should ever find myself on a 9 hour car ride, I may give this one another spin.


    Any additional comments?

    As a historian, I often find myself engaged in the same argument over an over again: What was the cause of the Civil War? I have my share "go to" resources to back the argument that the principal cause of the war was slavery. But Bonekemper goes above and beyond the call of duty by finding documents, quotes, facts, and figures all aimed at disproving the persistent claim that slavery was not the cause of the Civil War, as well as other spurious claims that together make up the Lost Cause myth. With this book, I now have a seemingly unending supply of evidence to reach for whenever I end up in yet another Civil War argument.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    26/10/16
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    "Excellent"

    The authors thorough debunking of the "Myth" is good. But the discussions of Lee and Grant really added to my understanding of the War. By the end he has convincingly made the dual cases that Grant, not Lee, was by far the better general and that Lee indeed may have done more harm than good to the Lost Cause. The discussion of Vicksburg alone was worth the read. Highly recommend this book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bernie Cullen
    Yardley, PA USA
    16/09/16
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    "Important historical work"

    When I was in Gettysburg a few months ago, I saw a tee shirt in a display window featuring a Confedrate stars and bars in the center with the words, "Don't Criticize What You Don't Understand". Having visited the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond along with the Davis White House, and a number of battlefields including Antitem and New Market, and having read a good deal of literature on the subject I asked myself, "What is it I don't understand." Yet this work was a revelation as it peeled off layers of revisionist history and bluntly revealed truths about that conflict that, while I was aware of them deep down were still covered in a patina of sympathy for the unfortunate southerners who endured the brunt of the catastrophy. Fact is they brought it on themsleves and this book has the courage to illustrate that fact. A must read for anyone wishing to have an accurate understanding of the war and its place in United States history.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Ellen F.
    Portland, OR
    26/10/17
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    "Interesting Content, BORING Narration"

    I find the content of this book to be really fascinating and valuable. I wish I had invested in a hard copy to read myself, though. The narration of this audio book is dull and monotone. I find myself continually zoning out and having to rewind. The voice is robotic and if I were lying down, it would lull me to sleep. Disappointing, because the information really is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    01/09/17
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    "Eye opening."

    The book was very factual, but I feel that he could have offered more of the South's perspective. The bullet point facts, while often dry, are very eye-opening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Marie Taylor
    22/10/16
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    "Outstanding details and overview of civil war"

    Please have students I. High schools read and discuss this book as a foundation of our countries history .
    Learn geography , the history of the states, the history of slavery from this book. This is easy to read and understand and remember,
    Good job!
    I
    Highly recommend reading this book to all students!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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