The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

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Praised by both Union and Confederate veterans as a very accurate representation of the Civil War, this 1895 book is written under a soldier's perspective. In it, he narrates the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the consequences this traumatic event had in his posterior life. 

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  • Donna McDonald
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great fiction book that really captures the time period. It would be a good introduction to the Civil War."
  • Austin Porter
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Red Badge of Courage is a nice to read book I would consider it to be one of the best books for college bound readers. There are also many classics book that people should read before this one tough like Hamlet or Mark Twain books. I even remember the times that I first read The Red Badge of Courage, so it will be a nice experience for you if you have not read it yet."
  • Amalia Franco
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love to read early American novels. My favorite one right now is The Red Badge of Courage. It's a must-read! It's an 1895 book that is written from the perspective of a soldier during the Civil War. He narrates battles and talks about his life. It's really interesting and really dives deep into the life of a soldier. Strongly recommended!"
  • Henry Gilbert
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Another book from my childhood days I purchased to see how adult me would enjoy it. Totally different view now but I could recall many of the content. A little sad and a great read. "
  • Adam Wallace
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is required reading in middle school in probably every school in the country. But usually that is a turn off, but not so much in this case. It's actually an enjoyable story which stands the test of time even on a re-read. "
  • Paul Gomez
    Written on April 23, 2018
  • Jeffrey Newman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I am not sure if this book is on the Pop Chart Lab Poster, but if it's not it should be!. An interesting and accurate telling of the Civil War from a soldiers viewpoint. I had a hard time putting this book down."
  • Judy Washington
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book was very interesting to read because I saw the movie version many years ago but didn't remember it well. It was interesting to learn about military battles and the Civil War from this book."
  • Betty Rodriguez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "An extraordinary book for its time, Stephen Crane describes the intimate details and the innermost thoughts of a newly minted soldier on the front lines of a Civil War battlefield. With bullets whizzing about him, and thick smoke and corpses as a backdrop, Henry flees his first encounter with battle. As he wanders about in the aftermath, he struggles with his shame and seeks rationalizations for his cowardice. Was he not the wiser for having fled a battle that was lost? Does not an animal flee a predator when sensing the predator is a superior force? But then Henry discovers that his battalion actually won the battle, and he returns to it after suffering a rather ignominious wound. But his comrades assume he was shot in the head and consider him a hero. Henry is transformed and goes on to fight courageously, earning the admiration of his comrades"
  • Danielle Harrison
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is one of my all time favorites. It was written over a hundred years ago, but it is still relevant. It is exciting and terrifying, and a Crane does a wonderful job of taking you back in time and putting you in the horror of a war up front and personal. Absolutley mesmerizing."
  • Lin Hou
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love war stories and this was an interesting read, having to think about being thrown into battle with no experience and thinking, "how would I react and respond emotionally" as a human with no concept of what it's like out there on the front line. Fun read and can make for some really good essays exploring all kinds of concepts. "

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