Look Away!



Look Away! William C Davis, One Of America S Best Civil War Historians, Here Offers A Definitive Portrait Of The Confederacy Unlike Any That Has Come Before Drawing On Decades Of Writing And Research Among An Unprecedented Number Of Archives, Look Away Tells The Story Of The Confederate States Of America Not Simply As A Military Saga Although It Is That , But Rather As A Full Portrait Of A Society And Incipient Nation The First History Of The Confederacy In Decades, The Culmination Of A Great Scholar S Career, Look Away Combines Politics, Economics, And Social History To Set A New Standard For Its Subject Previous Histories Have Focused On Familiar Commanders Such As Robert E Lee And Stonewall Jackson, But Davis S Canvas Is Much Broader From Firebrand Politicians Like Robert Barnwell Rhett And William L Yancey, Who Pushed For Secession Long Before The Public Supported It To Dr Samuel Cartwright, Who Persuaded Many Southerners Of The Natural Inferiority Of Their Slaves To The Women Of Richmond, Who Rioted Over Bread Shortages In 1863, Davis Presents A Rich New Face Of The Confederate Nation He Recounts Familiar Stories Of Battles Won And Lost, But Also Little Known Economic Stories Of A Desperate Government That Socialized The Salt Industry, Home Front Stories Of The Rangers And Marauders Who Preyed On Their Fellow Confederates, And An Account Of The Steady Breakdown Of Law, Culminating In Near Anarchy In Some States Never Has The Confederacy Been So Vividly Brought To Life As A Full Society, Riven With Political And Economic Conflicts Beneath Its Loudly Publicized Military Battles.Davis S Astonishingly Thorough Primary Research Has Ranged Across The 800 Oddnewspapers That Were In Operation During The War, But Also Across The Personal Papers Of Over A Hundred Southern Leaders And Ordinary Citizens He Quotes From Letters And Diaries Throughout The Narrative, Revealing The Confederacy Through The Words Of The Confederates Themselves Like Any Society, Especially In The Early Stages Of Nation Building And The Devastating Stages Of Warfare, The Confederacy Was Not One Thing But Many Things To Many People One Thing, However, Was Shared By All The Belief That The South Offered A Necessary Evolution Of American Democracy Look Away Offers A Dramatic And Definitive Account Of One Of America S Most Searing Episodes.

  • Hardcover
  • 484 pages
  • Look Away!
  • William C. Davis
  • English
  • 21 July 2019
  • 0684865858

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10 thoughts on “Look Away!

  1. says:

    I was a bit disappointed in this book, I bought it expecting a civil and social history of the CSA told in a somewhat chronological manner, i.e as a story Indeed, the book stats out that way, telling the story of secession and the formation of the provisional government in Mobile, but then just as as the move to Richmond is taking place and getting really interesting to a Virginian , the author changes style and for the rest of the book each chapter covers The topics and their coverage, which I was a bit disappointed in this book, I bought it expecting a civil and social history of the CSA told in a somewhat chronological manner, i.e as a story Indeed, the book stats out that way, telling the story of secession and the formation of the provisional government in Mobile, but then just as as the move to Richmond is taking place and getting really interesting to a Virginian , the author changes style and for the rest of the book each chapter covers The topics and their coverage, which goes into excruciating detail, revolves around the authors central premise that Confederate democracy as born in Mobile and conceived to maintain the slave holders oligarchy was nothingthan a farce due to the inability to maintain social order and the need for socialization to maintain the war effort Virginia, is all but ignored, i suspect because there was too much social order to fit the authors premise, so to say the least i was a little upset The book i...

  2. says:

    This book is a must read for so many of us who don t really know what the Confederacy was about, or what it stood for I know many people have a vested interest in making light of slavery, and making excuses for the Confederacy I picked up this book figuring that there must be some positive reforms that came out of the Confederacy, but as Davis tells it, the founders were selfish hypocritical rationalizers The Confederacy really was all about instituting a class of aristocrats to rule over the This book is a must read for so many of us who don t really know what the Confederacy was about, or what it stood for I know many people have a vested interest in making light of slavery, and making excuses for the Confederacy I picked up this book figuring that there must be some positive reforms that came out of the Confederacy, but as Davis tells it, the founders were selfish hypocritical rationalizers The Confederacy really was all about instituting a class of aristocr...

  3. says:

    Northerners, you won t truly know the South until you read this book The Civil War continues to shape our culture and society event today To really appreciate your American heritage, you must learn it from variou...

  4. says:

    Most histories of the American Civil War are very heavily skewed towards the Northern point of view, particularly in terms of the behind the scenes political machinations and general governance of the war That makes this book all theinteresting since a lot of the information about the politics and debates and discussions within the South about secession was completely new to me, and it was refreshing to see the alternative point of view from the usual Lincoln Washington North abolition st Most histories of the American Civil War are very heavily skewed towards the Northern point of view, particularly in terms of the behind the scenes political machinations and general governance of the war That makes this book all theinteresting since a lot of the information about the politics and debates and disc...

  5. says:

    Well known historian of the Civil War, William Davis, has written a nicely done political history of the Confederate States of America While, as the author notes page ix , The campaigns and battles are here, the main thrust of the book is page x .seeks to present a comprehensive view of everything else that went into making the Confederate national experience There is a useful discussion early on of the nature of the Confederate Constitution My own sense is that this could ha Well known historian of the Civil War, William Davis, has written a nicely done political history of the Confederate States of America While, as the author notes page ix , The campaigns and battles are here, the main thrust of the book is page x...

  6. says:

    After collecting dust forthan a year on my shelf, I decided it was finally time for this book to get my attention At first, It looked quite promising After reading dozens of books dealing only with the military aspect of the Confederacy, Look Away appeared to provide a fresh new point of view giving the opportunity to learn about some aspects of the C.S.A history often overlooked the life outside the battlefields, and how to run a rogue nation engaged in a desperate war for its indepe After collecting dust forthan a year on my shelf, I decided it was finally time for this book to get my attention At first, It looked quite promising After reading dozens of books dealing only with the military aspect of the Confederacy, Look Away appeared to provide a fresh new point of view giving the opportunity to learn about some aspects of the C.S.A history often overlooked the life outside the battlefields, and how...

  7. says:

    The didactic nature of the book makes it lose a star, but it s worth reading, to be certain Works that focus on the cultural and political side, rather than the military side, of the Civil War are too rare on the ground, and too often filled with Lost Cause esqe justifications that lack primary sources.In contrast, this work is so full of such sourcing it risks drowning in them If you want a work that breaks down the actual concepts behind secession, explains its impact on the people includin The didactic nature of the bo...

  8. says:

    Generally a good read, but by the end I felt as though each chapter was an essay that had been published elsewhere and then gathered together for this book Facts and quotes are repeated so many times that I could almost sense them coming I think this book could have benefited from losing about a hundred pages and just presenting the story chronologically instead of being broken do...

  9. says:

    I found this book added significantly to my understanding of political and business interests in the south primarily the slave owning oligarachy prior to and during the civil war and how these interests led to the destruction of the government and their interests Many points made in ...

  10. says:

    While most Civil War histories concentrate on military campaigns, Look Away chronicles the history of the Confederacy from a political and social perspective Its attempt to ignore military matters is almost futile given that the Confederacy was born in war and perished amid it, as its every institution civic, social, economic was ravaged by the war and driven into fai...

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