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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin Faust. The Civil War introduced America to death on an unprecedented scale and of an unnatural kindgrisly, random and often ending in an unmarked grave far from home. The book surveys the many ways the Civil War generation coped with the trauma: the concept of the Good Deathconscious, composed and at peace with God; the rise of the embalming industry; the sad attempts of the bereaved to get confirmation of a soldier's death, sometimes years after war's end; the swelling national movement to recover soldiers' remains and give them decent burials; the intellectual quest to find meaningor its absencein the war's carnage. The result is an insightful, often moving portrait of a people torn by grief. (368 Pages, 9.5 x 6.5, Hardcover)