Confederates in the Attic

  • by Tony Horwitz
  • Narrated by Michael Beck
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again - this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart. Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil-War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance. In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of "hardcore" reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the "Civil Wargasm."


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Not a Book to be Kept in the Attic

This book is an intriguing and highly engrossing journey through the eyes of Civil War reinactors. Being a Civil War buff, I expected to find this book interesting. What I found instead was a book that engrossed me completely. I learned so many things about Civil War battles and just average soldiers that I had never expected. The great thing about this book is that it is coming through the eyes of an outsider to the whole reinactment experience, so one gets a picture that is not initially biased.

You will be amazed at the lengths the "hard cores" go through to really live the authentic experience! You will also learn about race relations in today's South...pertinent issues that may get swept aside in the fray of current news.

If you enjoy the Civil War, listen to this book. If you don't know if you enjoy the Civil War, listen to this book. It is an experience that truly makes learning fun!!
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- Dianna

Down to earth

This has been one of the most enjoyable and informational books I have. It started out with me laughing as I drove to work listening to it. But, after the first couple of chapters it was spellbinding. The writer is much like most 'Civil War' buffs with it being set in our time frame. As he travels through the south, meeting many different types of people, it was remarkable to realize the changes that still wrench some of the south's families.
I have a friend that travels with me on my ‘history’ trips (our families hate history) and she is black and I am white. I had never given it much thought until I listened to this book. We have so far only traveled in the north. If gives you pause to think of how a minority, I am sure, of people would be offended as we explore. One of the things that amazed me the most is how the author puts this all in a light of understanding and patience even though he found it offensive. I had never thought before about the southern war heros not having the same recognition as the north's. My friend is listening to this book now and I am so anxious to get her take on it.
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- Rebecca

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio