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BOOKS IN BRIEF / NON FICTION

ANDERS BO RASMUSSEN

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I KRIG FOR LINCOLN

I KRIG FOR LINCOLN DANSK BLOD I DEN AMERIKANSKE BORGERKRIG

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H MED FORORD AF TOM BUK-SWIENTY

ANDERS BO RASMUSSEN

I krig for Lincoln. Dansk blod i Den Amerikanske Borgerkrig, (Fighting for Lincoln. Danish sacrifice in the American Civil War), Information Publishers, 2014, 280 pages. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Informations Forlag, Mette Jokumsen, jokum@information.dk

CONFLICTING FATES IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR In the mid-1800s, Denmark was in the grip of America Fever. More than a tenth of the Danish population left for the ‘Promised Land’ in search of a better life. In his book I krig for Lincoln Dansk blod i Den Amerikanske Borgerkrig (Fighting for Lincoln. Danish sacrifice in the American Civil War), Anders Bo Rasmussen tells the extraordinary story of a number of Danes who ‘went West’ and who, in different ways, became embroiled in the bloody war. Using diaries, letters and other unique source material, he describes everyday life and life at the front for these men – some of them serving in the Scandinavian Regiment – where their battle fervour and newly forged American patriotism was gradually eroded, to be replaced by pessimism,

despondency and homesickness. But the book also paints the bigger picture, providing an insight into the political machinations at work in the Civil War in the context of American slavery. Anders Bo Rasmussen, born 1978, is a lecturer in American Studies and holds a PhD in journalism. Amongst other things, he was the researcher for Danish author Tom Buk-Swienty’s books on the 1864 Dano-German war. Tom Buk-Swienty draws parallels between the American Civil War and this Danish/German border war, which understandably was a burning issue for many Danish emigrants who were forced to follow events on the home front from the far shores of America.

ANTI-CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION ‘Revealing, shocking and well researched reading,’ said JyllandsPosten on Klaus Wivel’s book Den sidste nadver. En rejse blandt de efterladte kristne i den arabiske verden (The Last Supper – amongst the abandoned Christians of the Arab World), where he, in documentary fashion, describes the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Several newspapers hailed this book and its subject as long overdue and, since its publication, the situation seems to have worsened. The book’s springboard was Klaus Wivel’s open letter to the then Danish foreign affairs minister. Wivel asked what was going to be done about the persecution of Christians in the Arab world – there was no reply. So he went to the West Bank, Gaza,

Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq to witness for himself one of the major human rights violations of our time, and his account of a cowed people, overwhelmed by a dominant Muslim culture - priests whose churches have been razed, parents who have lost their children, and citizens who feel alien in their own countries and want out - makes heart-breaking yet riveting current affairs reading. Klaus Wivel, born 1971, is an expert on the Middle East and is presently USA correspondent for Weekendavisen, where he was once literary editor. He has also authored Næsten intet – en jødisk kritik af Søren Kierkegaard (Love not thy neighbour? – a Jewish critique of Søren Kierkegaard).

KLAUS WIVEL

Den sidste nadver. En rejse blandt de efterladte kristne i den arabiske verden (The Last Supper - amongst the abandoned Christians of the Arab World). Kristeligt Dagblad Publishers 2013, 318 pages. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Kristeligt Dagblad Publishers, Pernille Follmann Ballebye, ballebye@k.dk. PREVIOUS TITLES SOLD TO: Norway, Sweden.

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Danish literary magazine autumn 2014  
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