Living Hell

Living Hell A senior military historian presents an unflinching account of the human costs of the Civil War

  • Title: Living Hell
  • Author: Michael C.C. Adams
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  • Page: 345
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  • Living Hell

    A senior military historian presents an unflinching account of the human costs of the Civil War.

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    1. Hank Hoeft

      Historian Michael C. C. Adams’ stated purpose in writing Living Hell is to remove from the American Civil War the romance and mythology of The Lost Cause (if you favor the South) as well as the Great Crusade to end slavery (if you favor the North), and from both sides the view of the war as a grand and glorious affair, one that would elevate and ennoble the participants. Adams destroys these illusions with page after page of first-hand accounts of the people—both combatants and civilians—w [...]

    2. Karen

      Extremely interesting & well researched telling of the horrors of the Civil War using letters and memoirs of individual soldiers as well as historic documentation. The author, feeling Americans have come to think of the war as glorious, sanitized & romanticized thanks to films and reenactments, decided to write about the realities of what happened during those hellish years. The beginning chapter starts with the young, naive men heading off to fight for their cause then we follow them th [...]

    3. John Walker

      The Dark side of the Civil War is exactly what you get with this book. Not the battles, unless you want to read about the blood, brains, and guts of the battle, not the "moonlight and magnolias of the Old South unless you want the destructions, murders and rapes and not the camp life with men singing the songs unless you want the disease ridden hardships. How do you go about the burials of ten thousands of men? How did the communities of Gettysburg, Fredericksburg and other cities and towns deal [...]

    4. Randol Hooper

      This is the Civil War history we need, and it's the Civil War history we deserve. It's one of the most apt titles I've ever come across in a book. The American Civil War is arguably the most romanticized event in American history, maybe secondly only to the Revolution. The narrative is well known. Johhny Reb, Billy Yank, the almost god-like Robert E Lee (as an aside, see Lee Considered for more on this) and the great struggle for states rights or to free the slaves. Epic movies depicting the glo [...]

    5. Brittney

      I'm using this as my book about war for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, but I primarily read it as research for a short story I'm planning to write. Living Hell is a wonderful piece of historical writing, with a balance between scholarly and literary tone. I wish I could make everyone I've ever heard espouse "the South's gonna rise again" ideology read this book, because I don't know how you could be a rational person and still think that or want that while knowing the facts of what militar [...]

    6. Anthony Bracciante

      This is a very well written book that thoroughly explores the lasting consequences of the American Civil War on the soldiers involved and the civilians of both the North and South. It clearly states the devastating effects of war and seeks to dispel any notion of war as a "Glorious Adventure". Michael Adams succeeds in fully illustrating General Sherman's comment that war is hell.

    7. Zachary Isaac

      Odd to think that there could be a "dark side" (I guess "darker" is more accurate) to a war but this book really puts into perspective just what levels of hell the people living in America went through during the Civil War.

    8. Michelle

      Mention the Civil War and most people will envision sweeping battle scenes, cavalry charges, the Rebel yell, and the theme song to Gone With the Wind. What they generally do not think of is the extreme hardships faced by soldier and civilian, North and South alike, the lasting damage done to the countryside, local economies, and to an entire generation’s psyche. Therein lies the importance of Michael C. C. Adams’ Living Hell.It is a human trait to romanticize the most extreme tragedies. It i [...]

    9. Gordon

      If you read the review of this helpful book in the New York Review of Books, you'll discover that the author plays fast and loose with some of the facts, but it is true, true to the reality that "there is no good war, and there is no bad peace." Perhaps Adams has willfully maneuvered some facts about the battlefronts and the realities of the massive killing grounds that befouled our country. Perhaps some of the conclusions that are reached such as an implication that slavery would have somehow b [...]

    10. Judith

      One knows, of course, that there must have been psychological trauma in addition to the physical trauma of the Civil War (and indeed of any war--all our European ancestors, combatants and civilians, had intimate knowledge of such through plagues, frequent wars etc. And indeed until the Napoleonic Wars there was no real conception of civilian non-combatants). Adams' book, though short, gives a good overall view of these traumas, with chapters on the march, face-t0-face combat, clearing the battle [...]

    11. Carl

      An excellent no holds barred view of the darkest aspects of the civil war. Adams piles it on with a trowel, all to prove the point that war is hell. Particularly damning are the chapters that mentiion medical aspects, especially pyschiatric ones. Victorian society had no means to even grasp the concept of Combat Fatigue let alone PTSD and so many many thousand were cruely left without anything close to level care.Adams is quick to excoriate those in the 1890's who so quickly forgot the unending [...]

    12. Georgiann Baldino

      Author Michael Adams warns us in the Preface that the book "paints a graphic picture of the dark side of the Civil War" and then does exactly that. Many of the memoirs and accounts written immediately after the War reflect the biases of the authors. The death toll and carnage were too terrible to accept, so people wrote revisionist history or defended their roles. Even after 150 years it is hard to believe that North and South tried to annihilate each other. Can we ever explain this dark period [...]

    13. John Nellis

      This book tells of the dark side of the Civil War. The effects of the battlefield on the soldiers, disease, wounds, lack of supplies, water and food. It also goes into the effects on the mental state of the soldiers as well. PTSD being unknown and little knowledge of mental illness. It deals with the absolute horror of war on civilians, and the effects on the countryside on which it was fought. Even the conduct of the soldiers is discussed. The book concludes with the impact of the war on the co [...]

    14. Ryan

      William Tecumseh Sherman states "War is hell. You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it." This book goes into detail the horrors the Civil War caused. I found many of the details very interesting, but disturbing at the same time. The reason I give the book 3 stars is that it starts to lose focus on its main subject in the last few chapters. The topics discussed in these chapters would be better suited in a book that covers Reconstruction or an [...]

    15. Chuck

      "Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War" by Michael C. C. Adams assesses the costs of the Civil War, America's bloodiest war.Michael C. C. Adams is an experienced and knowledgeable historian and a lifetime student of the American Civil War. "Living Hell" covers the cost of the Civil War, to the participant, to his family, to his generation, and to the nation. It is perspective too often lacking in discussions on the Civil War. I found the book well written, thoughtful and well considered. T [...]

    16. David Gray

      Gripping, horrific, dirty, chaotic. Mr Adams delves into the little discussed reality of the War Between the States. I throughly enjoyed his use of the lens following a Soldier or unit into camp or battle. it was a refreshing change from other texts that list dates, places, facts, and figures to describe that time. His examination of shirkers, cowards, and peculiar behavior through modern Combat Stress definitions brings another fresh aspect of the era I had not seen before. there is not a 5th s [...]

    17. Karen R

      Can't give this a fair rating as I did not finish the book. It was very well written but not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. About halfway through I just couldn't take any more limbs being blown off or descriptions of people starving, dying from wounds or disease, being broiled or frozen by the weather, laid low by terrible, rotten food - well, you get the picture. I may revisit this one day - as I said above, it was very well written and if you have any illusions about the horror [...]

    18. Bill S.

      An unflinching look at the pain and suffering endured by soldiers and civilians both North and South during the Civil War. At times downright gruesome, at times touching, definitely a worthwhile read.Only minor complaint is the author identifying Confederate general Edward Porter Alexander as Porter E. Alexander and Union soldier Amos Humiston, whose body was found on the Gettysburg battlefield clutching a photo of his children, as Amos Hurriston.

    19. Tanya Faberson

      Fantastic book! In-depth research, and I like the way Adams presented the material. Definitely recommend!

    20. Barb Gaynor

      The best book I've read to date about the Civil WarI give it the highest rating. As a RN I was appalled at the lack of medical care. Troops didn't start recovering from wounds until WW2. I was a Navy Nurse during Viet Nam. Yes I was that young and that dumb. But the way I saw it was my country needed me.Aside from keeping the country together What was the Bright Side of the Civil War?

    21. victor harris

      Certainly address the " dark side" of the war. Deals with multiple topics, most prominently the catastrophic effects of disease and wounds and the inability of the medical community to keep pace. Also speaks to other areas often overlooked such as the widespread sexual exploitation of civilians - both white and black. Well worth adding to your Civil War reading list.

    22. Jonathan

      This book digs deep into the destruction of the civil war. It looks at the gore and death; building on sources from Individual soldiers and civilians. This wasn't an easy read. At times I found myself averting my eyes from the page, I couldn't handle some of words on page. I found myself emotional reading the Horrible ways soldiers died on the battlefield.

    23. Steve

      Ive seen Ken Burns Civil War and read a few books on the war and thought I had a good understand of the horrors of it, but this account is so stark its first person narrative style is gripping. Some paragraphs I jumped over as the subjects accounts graphic descriptions so detailed of the wounded. If your into history Adams book is I hate the term" Must Read".

    24. Mteresa forguson

      A crude realityThis book is a crude reality that was need it to show us what really was going on during those times ! Tough at times to swallow but great in the bigger picture of things. Thank you I enjoyed very much !

    25. Jim Galford

      Adams approaches the Civil War, not as a glorious struggle between ideologies, but as the awful cruel debacle it became. He downplays the IMAGE, and emphasizes the reality of the war and the effects it had on the country.

    26. C.J. Ruby

      Yep, war is bad. Civil War is really bad. I get it. Nothing astonishing here I've read much this information in most histories of the Civil War. This book just packs it all in 218 pages (the rest is notes, index, etc).

    27. Larry

      Very good book on the dark side of the war. It looks at the various ways one could suffer and die during the conflict. Not overly detailed and gory, but enough to get the idea.

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