More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the
American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today’s population
would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin
Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only
individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the
survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious
culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its
belief in a benevolent God. Throughout, the voices of soldiers and
their families, of statesmen, generals, preachers, poets, surgeons,
nurses, northerners and southerners come together to give us a vivid
understanding of the Civil War’s most fundamental and widely shared

  • This Republic of Suffering made the New York Times Book Review list of “10 Best Books of 2008″ as chosen by the papers editors. The book was also a finalist for the National Book Awards (2008) and the Pulitzer Prize. (2009) 
  • This Republic of Suffering received the 2009 Bancroft Prize from Columbia University.
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