7:30 a.m. May 22, 2013

The War Nerd: The Diary of Adam Gurowski

Every real American is a Civil War fan, and that’s the problem. It’s an all-American enterprise, our last domestic industry, a guaranteed domestic market. And just like Detroit, Civil War histories have gotten fat, sentimental and sloppy. We read historians like McPherson and Bruce Catton, Lincoln worshippers like Sandburg, and we end up thinking that the war was some kind of grand, necessary tragedy.

What we need is a good foreign slap in the national face.

Unlock Expired: This Dispatch was unlocked for you by a NSFWCORP subscriber but expired 7 months ago. Current subscribers can login for unrestricted access.

For just $7 a month, you'll get unlimited access to everything we publish, online and in print, including the full archive. You can cancel at any time, with just a single click.

Payment details
Shipping address

We ship anywhere in the world, free.

Create your account