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The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
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May 21, 2011

really liked it

Turtledove is a genius at picking new ways to scrutinize historical circumstances. What if the North did not overwhelm the South with technology and industry? What if the South were given an edge in addition to the ones it obtained simply by breaking out of the quagmire of government bureaucracy and military nepotism that plagued the North in the early part of the Civil War? I had a problem with the means Harry chose to give them that edge, but there's no mistaking the genius of his premise. Put together with Turtledove's clear and to-the-point writing style, and his make-you-believe character development it all adds up to a guaranteed recipe for thoughtful entertainment.

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