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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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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Political/social activism    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Deep South Forest?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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