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The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
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Jun 18, 2009

it was amazing
Read in June, 2009

The confederates are at the brink of losing the civil war. Then comes a man named Andries Rhoodie and he offers Robert E. Lee a weapon that would turn the war around. He offers Lee the AK-47, a remarkable gun. The AK-47 remarkabley wins the war for Lee.
It was interesting looking into the "past that never was." I learned from this book that the confederates were simply fighting for their homeland. Most confederates didn't own slaves and were simply fighting for their land. Robert E. Lee was fighting for Virginia and he declined a request from Lincoln to lead the Union army because he wanted to defend his birthplace(Virginia). Lee never actually owned slaves.
This is probably the first book where an author plays with history. It felt weird reading about a gun that was invented in 1947, but used in 1864. It gave me a weird shuffle.

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