Andersonville has ratings and reviews. Larry said: This is a book that I read as a young teenager. It changed my life. I was living a fairly mi. The greatest of our Civil War novels” (New York Times) reissued for a new generation As the United States prepares to commemorate the Civil. Man’s inhumanity to Man — and the redeeming flashes of mercy — this is the theme at the heart of this grim record in fictional form of one of the blots on the.

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Man’s inhumanity to Man — and the redeeming flashes of mercy — this is the theme at the heart of this grim record in fictional kanto of one of the blots on the nation’s history.

Andersonville, the prisoner stockade in Georgia, twenty acres hewn out of a pine woods, counted for more dead in fourteen months of the Civil War than Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg combined.

It took a close-up view of Buchenwald when it was opened to war correspondents to bring home the horrors he had read about in Andersonville; MacKinlay Kantor macminlay he must put into book form the research he’d been doing for 25 years.


For Andersonville was a project pre-dating his Long Remember the now-classic novel of Gettysburg. This is a searing book — a reading experience no one will forget. It is carved out of primary sources: The end result reads like a personal experience. The reader agonizes through every phase of it: But the factors that make this much more than an appallingly realistic panorama are the men themselves, — the prison’s officials, callous, cruel, indifferent- or weak; the old men and young boys used as guards; the scarce example of men who served in order to do what little they could accomplish in the primitive, crude hospital; and the prisoners — cross sectioning all sorts and conditions of men, in circumstances that reduced them almost to beasts.

There were kanor 36, in all — and 14, died. There were criminals and saints and everything in between. And most of the stories, with their flashbacks to boyhood, to families back home, are drawn from fact, and serve to paint a portrait of America a century ago.

The war is a andersonvjlle to it all. The civilians on whose doorstep this horror came into being made their feeble efforts to help- and occasionally risked being labelled as traitors to aid in minor ways.



This part is fictitious- but as one reads one realizes that so it must andeersonville been. It is a superb achievement — long, harrowing, but essential reading not only for students of the Civil War, but for students of mankind.

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