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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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.
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- Adam

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.
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- Sandy Addison

Book Details

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