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The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
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Nov 01, 08

Read in November, 2008

Civil War alt-history is not my usual genre fare, but Turtledove comes highly recommended, so I thought I'd see for myself.

The writing was strong enough to pull me through, even though I kept thinking, "I hate the Civil War." Well, I don't hate it any longer. Guns of the South is perhaps 150 pages too long, but it's still a contemplative What If, an exploration of current political issues, and a commentary of world politics.

I bought this book over 10 years ago, not long after the end of apartheid in South Africa. How the world has changed since then is an interesting mirror to how Turtledove envisioned the world changing as a result of the South winning the Civil War.
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