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C.S.A. - Confederate States of America: A Novel

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From the ashes of a divided nation came the Confederate States of America -- and all that remains of the Union as we knew it is a disaster area called the Industrial Zone. The capital is Richmond, and the races are equal but very, very separate. That's the premise of Howard Means's fascinating, provocative, sophisticated new thriller.For President Spencer Jefferson Lee -- ...more
Published November 18th 1998 by William Morrow & Company
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H. P.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: modern-sf
In CSA, Means attempts the ambitious goal of writing a book that straddles two (really, three) genres: thriller and alternate history (itself at the intersection of speculative fiction and historical fiction). Each has its demands. Suffice to say, CSA falls short. The book description calls CSA as “fascinating, provocative, [and] sophisticated,” all good qualities for a thriller. Regrettably, it is none of the above. The historical fiction aspect of alternate history demands the fine attention t ...more
Brian Eshleman
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a pretty unremarkable book. Neither the characters nor the alternative history setting were very well-developed.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a well thought out what if. Not exactly historical fiction because it occurs in the present, it could accurately be said to be alternative historical fiction. The book seeks to create a nation in which the Confederacy won the Civil War,and having achieved that, gives a cast of fascinating character seeking their own truths in it.
The Confederate States of America litetally rose from the ashes of its founder, Jefferson Davis. Having set a meeting with General Grant and a great majori
Jen Jenson
Apr 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One.
I thought when I stumbled across this book that it would be really good. It is a look at what the world might be like if the Civil War had turned out differently. I thought however, though that it would have been MUCH better. I thought they needed more details and background of how life really was… I thought that it would have more lessons to teach… The writing style left much to be desired and jumped around so much that I had a very hard time following what was even going on. I thought the char ...more
Aug 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I can't remember the last time I read a book that I was less invested in the outcome.

The basics of the book is that it is speculative fiction or alternative history fiction that is based on the premise of the confederacy winning the civil war. That sounds like an interest concept (to me at least) and it seems like there are a fair number of things you can do with it.

I'm not even sure if what they did with it (idea of bi-equality of the races, rebellion of the sons and daughter of the president
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Karen by: won on good reads
Imagine if Jefferson Davis and Robert Edward Lee had won the Civil War (or War of Disillusionment)and we became the Confederate States of America where all races are equal, but separate, where those who are not rich, or have been convicted of crimes are sent to re-education camps, and the races (tho' equal) were not allowed to date marry or go to the same sections of college. This is the world described by Howard B. Means in his book CSA Confederate States of America. I am related to many who fo ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
As I have mentioned, I don't normally review books that I read prior to joining goodreads, but with this one I just had to mention that there is a movie of the same name that is not all like this book (great premise that didn't quite work) and that everyone should watch - it is a highly entertaining film that is a fake (obviously) docu-drama, complete with some highly jaw-dropping (in the sense that it is hard-to-fathom how on earth someone could even think of creating them) commercials; the bes ...more
Aug 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Interesting perspective on what a 21st Century Confederate America might have been like had the Confederacy defeated the Union in the Civil War. I found bits of it rather implausible but the perspective was refreshing and different enough to hold my interest. Unlike Harry Turtledove's alternative history novels, Means doesn't bog down the plot with excessive detail. He gave enough attention to detail without sacrificing the plot or character development. ...more
Mj Haynes
Nov 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Great premise, terrible execution. Ham-fisted and confused, the narrative wanders and stumbles over itself without ever delivering anything more than a simplistic wrap-up. Sadly, this was neither imaginative historical fiction nor riveting whodunnit.
Larry Van Valkenburgh
Aug 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
"In some cases...there are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts."
Mr. Brownlow to Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens Oliver Twist
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is great to read if you have Confederate Heritage and are proud of it.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: war-civil-war
Listened to the abridged audio book on four cassettes; and glad I did. The alternative history narrative was not as interesting or believable as I thought it would be.
Lisa of Hopewell
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-1999
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