This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Drew Gilpin Faust

Narrated By: Lorna Raver

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2008

Duration: 10 hours 57 minutes


During the Civil War 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. The equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact of the enormous death toll from every angle: material, political, intellectual, and spiritual.

Drew Gilpin Faust delineates the ways death changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation. She describes how survivors mourned and how a deeply religious culture reconciled the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God. Throughout, the voices of soldiers and their families, of statesmen, generals, preachers, poets, surgeons, and nurses, of Northerners and Southerners, slaveholders and freed people, of the most exalted and the most humble are brought together to give us a vivid understanding of the Civil War's most fundamental and widely shared reality.

"Beautifully written, honest, and penetrating, Faust's book about 'the work of death' in fact brings death to life. Anyone wanting to understand the 'real war' and its transcendent meaning must face the facts Faust arrays before us....Essential."-Library Journal