Fresh back from reporting in war zones around the world, journalist Horwitz planned to relax a while with his family in Virginia. But one morning he awoke to hear a familiar sound outside his home: gunfire. He discovered the cause were Civil War soldiers -- re-enactors. This set him off on a year of locating and interviewing scores of people still obsessed with or affected by the War Between the States: die-hard Southerners who teach their children Southern Pride like a Catholic catechism, Jews in Vicksburg, Europeans who come over to reenact battles (mostly as Rebs!), the oldest apparent living Confederate widow. Many incidents are laugh-out-loud hilarious, one chapter about a racist murder trial is unnerving, but Horwitz treats all with a fair and balanced and considerate eye. A marvelous read.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus