I just started reading "The Republic of Suffering" by Dr Drew Gilpin Faust. She is a historian and is now the President of Harvard University. Her book explores the subject of death during the US Civil War and the impact that the deaths and casualties had on society. I am 3 chapters in and find it fascinating reading. She seems to that the social impact of the war has shaped the way much of US society works including our systems of veterans and widows pensions, care for disabled veterans and the honor paid to veterans. In addition to being interesting it is quite readable despite the grim subject matter.