Franklin Freeman

The Despisers of Life


The Seventh Well: A Novel by Fred Wander translated by Michael Hofmann (Norton, 160 pages, $23.95) This is an utterly beautiful novel about life in Nazi concentration camps, but the author, Fred Wander, nevertheless portrays the horror of those camps. As the narrator says, “No, we won’t presume that the hours spent standing under the […]

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Beggaring All Description


This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War By Drew Gilpin Faust (Knopf, 346 pages, $27.95) “The number of soldiers who died between 1861 and 1865, an estimated 620,000, is approximately equal to the total American fatalities in the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, […]

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