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Other titles in the Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era series:
Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War (Large Print) (10 Edition)by Gary W. Gallagher
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"A highly edifying and entertaining look at how popular culture has advanced the primary interpretive traditions by which Americans have sought to ascribe meaning to the Civil War. It reveals that despite the passing of the Civil War generation so long ago, the participants who endured that bloody conflict still define, for better or worse, how we comprehend the past."
-Louisiana History "This seemingly specialized book in fact has broad appeal."
-Centre Daily Times "Gallagher's analysis of the ways artists and Hollywood film writers have shaped the changing perceptions of the Civil War and its legacy is thought provoking."
-Courier "A welcome addition to the shelf of Civil War books, offering readers a new perspective for thinking about film and art and their own views of the Civil War."
-Minnesota History "A thoughtful, well-researched, and well-illustrated study that helps readers learn how their understanding of the Civil War has been shaped."
-Journal of America's Military Past "A short and very readable book that should appeal to anyone with more than a passing interest in the Civil War."
-On Point "Written with Gallagher's customary clarity and vigor, salted with sardonic humor, and laced with expressions of concern about the darker side of Lost Cause adherents' admiration of Nathan Bedford Forrest and contempt for Abraham Lincoln."
-Virginia Magazine "A fascinating, informative book. . . . Highly recommended to students and enthusiasts of the Civil War and for those interested in an examination of misinformation in movies and art."
-NewsOK.com "In-depth, analytical, and thought-provoking. . . . An important, must read for students of the Civil War."
-Journal of American History "A very valuable book about the influence of Hollywood and popular art on our images of the Civil War."
-Indiana Magazine of History "An intelligent, readable account of how we look at the American Civil War. . . . Five stars."
- James Durney, Independent Book Reviewer "Illustrates the continued scholarly interest in the Civil War as a thematic resource for American popular culture."
-Journal of Southern History "Fuses Civil War military and cultural history in a particularly readable and entertaining manner."
-Canadian Journal of History "Innovative in its approach, provocative in its arguments, and fundamentally interesting, but, most significantly . . . Will drive further discussion of Civil War memory through popular culture."
-West Virginia History "A solidly researched and intriguing exploration of the influence of popular culture on public understanding of the war. Anyone interested in the Civil War and the impact of media on historical understanding will find Gallagher's latest book rewarding on many levels."
-Civil War Times "[A] highly entertaining analysis of how the Civil War has been treated in popular culture."
-Boston Globe "Provides insight into how the war is viewed in contemporary American culture. . . . The four interpretive frameworks Gallagher uses for his analysis are instructive for understanding the dominant trends in art and film."
-Southern Historian "Highly recommended."
-Choice "A highly informative, well-illustrated, and wonderfully entertaining book."
-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
More than 60,000 books have been published on the Civil War. Most Americans, though, get their ideas about the war--why it was fought, what was won, what was lost--not from books but from movies, television, and other popular media. In an engaging and accessible survey, Gallagher guides readers through the stories told in recent film and art, showing how they have both reflected and influenced the political, social, and racial currents of their times.
About the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia and author or editor of numerous books, includingLee and His Army in Confederate History and The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.
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