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May 31 2011 10:51 AM

The Audio Book Club on The Killer Angels

Our critics—including Yale historian David Blight—discuss the Civil War classic.

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The Killer Angels.

In this week's audio book club, Yale historian David Blight talks about the significance of the hit novel The Killer Angels with Emily Bazelon and David Plotz. Published in 1974, the book won a Pulitzer Prize but didn't become a best-seller until two decades later. What's its enduring appeal? Is it pro-war or anti-war? Did it rehabilitate the reputation of Confederate commander James Longstreet at the expense of the beloved Robert E. Lee?

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Questions? Comments? Write to us at podcasts@slate.com. (Emailers may be quoted by name unless they request otherwise.)

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

David W. Blight is Class of ’54 Professor of American history at Yale University and the author most recently of American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, published in September by Harvard University Press. This essay is an adaptation of a chapter from that book. Copyright © 2011 by David W. Blight. Used by Permission. All rights reserved. Blight is also the author of the Bancroft Prize-winning Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.

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