Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War

Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War

Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War viii, 421 pp. 8vo. The Civil War is seen anew, and a great American family brought to life, in Robert Roper's brilliant evocation of the Family Whitman. Walt Whitman's work as a nurse to the wounded soldiers of the Civil War had a profound effect on the way he saw the world. Much less well known is the extr Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War viii, 421 pp. 8vo. The Civil War is seen anew, and...

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Title:Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War
Author:Robert Roper
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Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War Reviews

  • Straw
    Feb 09, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

  • Doug
    Feb 12, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

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  • Naomi
    Jun 01, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

  • Diane
    May 27, 2013

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

  • Dana
    Apr 18, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

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  • Donna Jo Atwood
    Mar 04, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

  • Bruce
    Dec 16, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

  • Robert
    Sep 11, 2010

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

  • Jerry
    May 26, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

  • Michael Davis
    Oct 15, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

  • Robert Knox
    Jan 17, 2010

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

  • John
    Sep 16, 2012

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

  • Nick
    Apr 07, 2013

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

  • Jeanne
    Aug 15, 2012

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

  • Cheryl Gatling
    Sep 19, 2016

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

  • Susan Zinner
    Mar 13, 2013

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

  • Raymond
    Jun 28, 2018

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Denise
    Oct 03, 2018

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

  • Kaye Adkins
    Oct 20, 2012

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Larry
    Aug 07, 2013

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

  • Louise
    Mar 13, 2013

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

  • justin's
    Jun 24, 2012

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

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  • Kate  K. F.
    Dec 11, 2012

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

  • Elin
    Jul 08, 2015

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

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  • Carolina
    Dec 01, 2012

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

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  • Shonna Froebel
    Nov 20, 2012

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

  • Steve
    Jun 18, 2013

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

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  • Rob Couteau
    Sep 03, 2013

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

  • Cheryl
    Jul 24, 2015

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...

    Good book about the Whitman's. I would have rated it higher but felt that read smoothly, rather jumped about in time and left me, at times, wondering where I was chronologicaly. ...

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  • Comaskeyk001
    May 29, 2009

    For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The author did a great job outlining Walt Whitman's care of the wounded soldiers during and after the Civil War, and gave us brief glimpses into the lives of his brothers. I was a bit put off by the amount of time the author spent on shining a lig...

    I think a subtitle for this book might be: Help. I've Started Doing Research, and I Can't Stop. I imagine the author started out looking up things about Walt Whitman, but ended up learning about Walt's brother George, who was a soldier, retiring at Major, and then all of George's battl...

    What stuck me most was the closeness of the Whitman Family. They live together sharing cramped quarters, business problems and paychecks. Louisa Van Veldor Whitman keeps the home fires burning as her children go off into the world, always writing them letters and welcoming them home. T...

    It might be that I just read this book at the right time (i.e. am fasting and preparing for the Orthodox Easter) - I simply loved how it made me feel inside: peaceful, calm, relaxed. This book is more than a simple account of how the Whitman brothers supported eachother during the tryi...

    This book looks mostly at Walt Whitman, but also at his brothers George and Jeff, very successful in their own fields. George was a soldier during the Civil War and a well-regarded one. He fought at several major battles including Antietam. He was a leader among the men and considered ...

    The book concentrates, as the title implies, on the Civil War and Walt's and his brother George's actions during the conflict. Verses of Walt's poetry are interspersed and discussed but the book also discusses Walt's fondness for men. Walt did not serve in the military as did his broth...

    Great book for learning about social history in New York in the decades just before the Civil War and in Washington, DC during the war when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse then. Whitman's father, a carpenter, and then Walt himself, and then a younger brother, all acted as "develope...

    Previously, I knew only that Whitman had written some Civil War related poems. I found it an interesting tri-biography centered on Walt, although I found George so much more interesting. I was torn between the thoughts of whether Walt was a generous, kind, soul, or if he was a sexual p...

    All about the Whitman brothers, Walt and his two lesser known siblings, and how they fared during and after the Civil War. Turns out two of the brothers- not Walt- served the Union and saw battle and glory and gore aplenty, and Walt worked as a volunteer in the hospitals in and around ...

    In this book Roper shows how to write a book about history and literature that takes advantage of the wealth of material available about the Whitman family. Now the Drum of War is the story of the Whitman family through the lens of the Civil War in their own words. The record of letter...

    I never knew too much about Walt Whitman, other than a smattering of his poetry and that he had served as a nurse during the Civil War. This book places him and his family in the context of history in a most intimate way--through letters written from the front by his brothers. This is ...

    Editor? Is there an editor for these people that try to take small ideas and make them too big? I really could have read 150 pages about whitman and his brother during the war. Instead I got over twice that... ...

    Exploration of each of the Whitman brothers and how they fared during the war. I was most interested in Walt and his volunteer work in the DC hospital and how his interaction with wounded soldiers and how it affected his poetry. ...

    Somehow this book manages to make the Civil War and Walt Whitman's place in it dull reading. It is useful in that it provides biographical information on Whitman's brothers and mother. The author's knowledge of American history also appears quite spotty at times. ...

    The connection between Whitman and his brothers was unique because they never lost it as some families do. Also their relationship with their mother was powerful to the end of her life. This was the reason I choose to read the book but it was a little too poetic for me. ...

    Didn't finish, but not the book's fault. Learned a lot. ...

    An empathic and insightful study of America's greatest poet and the profound effect of the war on his life and work. ...

    Maybe another time. I am not a fan of nonfiction especially when it's characters in history and there are references to relatives and there is no continuity, but bits and pieces of a life. ...

    Not what I expected so far. I thought it would be more of a review of his literature tied with his experiences of the war. ...

    good narration in most parts an intereting poetic perspective at other points a dry listing of walts possesions ...