The Myth of the Lost Cause

  • by Edward H. Bonekemper III
  • Narrated by C.J. McAllister
  • 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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America Needs to Read This Book... Right Now.

This was simply an outstanding book through-and-through. It's not even in the genre of audiobooks I would usually listen to, but when I saw the description for the book I knew I had to listen. This should be required reading for student and history teacher in America.

This book debunks the now popular theory that the Civil War was not about slavery. Having lived only minutes from Gettysburg at one point, I was very well aware of this popular myth that every Civil War historian and Gettysburg expert in the area literally scoffed at. I now know that this myth is called the Myth of the Lost Cause, and it goes even deeper and further back in history than I could ever have imagined.
Now a resident of the Southern United States, the Myth of the Lost Cause and other misconceptions discussed in this book are prominent.

This book look delves into the political climate before during and after the civil war, recreates battles and historical moments in history, and examines the origins of the myth that is now all too commonplace.

If you are interested in American history, politics, the Civil War, or if you have ever heard of these now commonly spewed falsehoods, then this book is for you.
If everyone in America reads this book, maybe we will be one step closer to being a less divided nation...

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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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.
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- Bernie Cullen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-14-2016
  • Publisher: Regnery History