A superb and troubling book about the soul of Modern America.
–William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
A bold, insightful book, richly researched, and fast paced... Bellesiles vividly portrays on a single canvas the violent confrontations in 1877.
–Alfred F. Young, co-editor of Revolutionary Founders: The Promise of the American Revolution
Every reader will be caught up in this powerful examination of a nation trying to make sense of the complex changes and challenges of the post-Civil War era.
–Carol Berkin, author of A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
and Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence
[A] wonderful read that is sure to appeal to those interested in the challenges of creating a post-Civil War society.