New Review: Historian Randall M. Miller praises PURE HEART
"In Quigley's telling, the remarkable aspect of the story that emerges is not so much the relationship between father and son but the way(s) that the Reverend Dorr worked to keep a divided congregation together. ... Pure Heart's real value is what it reveals about the place of the church in the city and in the ways the war affected the city." Read Miller's full review here.
Jan. 17-18, 2018 - Visiting Scholar, Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT
Jan. 18, 2018 - Reading & Signing, EastView at Middlebury in Middlebury, VT
Jan. 25, 2018 - Reading & Signing, Needham Public Library in Needham, MA
Feb. 16, 2018 - Civil War Roundtable, Epping Town Hall in Epping, NH.
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PURE HEART is the true story of a father and son overlooked in history but lauded in their day as heroes of America's Civil War. Their patriotism and principled civility amid zealous partisanship, racial bigotry, and fiery crusading are lessons for our own time. In the faithful hearts of that father and his soldier son, we too—like Philadelphians scourged by civil war—might rediscover the "better angels of our nature" that Lincoln sought to summon in the mid-19th-century crisis of American democracy.
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Praise for PURE HEART
“an unknown and riveting story of the Civil War”
- John Stauffer, author of The Black Hearts of Men, GIANTS, and Picturing Frederick Douglass
“a ground-level history told by a master biographer”
- Ronald C. White Jr., author of AMERICAN ULYSSES: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and A. Lincoln: A Biography
“The book is a treasure.”
- Mark A. Noll, author of The Civil War as a Theological Crisis
Read full reviews here.