Book of the Week: ‘Living Hell’

Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War

Michael C. C. Adams

2014, 292 pages


In this work, historian Michael C. C. Adams overturns the myth of the glorious Civil War. Just as new soldiers did, readers quickly discover the horror of the realities of this gruesome conflict.

Adams uses letters and diaries written by soldiers, nurses, and surgeons to depict the terrifying slaughter of close combat, the disgusting effects of malnutrition and disease, and the resulting psychological damage the soldiers faced. These graphic first-hand accounts place the reader in the midst of the war.

A true eye-opener, Adams presents a detailed reminder of the human cost of war.

Ashley Miller Concord Public Library

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  1. This review might have been helpful if Ashley Miller had actually read the book ~ instead of just the inside flap of its dust jacket.

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