Being a quaker town, where people were ardent abolitionists, but were still enmeshed in the confederacy, that kind of moral decision ... the people in that town were the inspiration.

It's like being struck by lightning.

Being here has been incredibly enriching.

That was a wonderful void to let imagination work.

I was interested in idealists who go to war and what happens to them.

I was holding this thing in my hand and thinking 'Who owned this? Was it someone who lived in this house?

This isn't a book about war, but about the strength of ideas that drive people to extreme action.