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MacKinlay Kantor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and master storyteller, shows us how the South could have won the Civil War, how two small shifts in history (as we know it) in the summer of 1863 could have turned the tide for the Confederacy. What would have happened: to the Union, to Abraham Lincoln, to the people of the North and South, to the world?  

If the South Had Won the Civil War originally appeared in Look Magazine nearly half a century ago. It immediately inspired a deluge of letters and telegrams from astonished readers and became an American classic overnight. Published in book form soon after, Kantor's masterpiece has been unavailable for a decade. Now, this much-requested classic is once again available for a new generation of listeners.  

It all begins on that fateful afternoon of Tuesday, May 12, 1863, when a deplorable equestrian accident claims the life of General Ulysses S. Grant....

©1960 MacKinlay Kantor; Renewed copyright 1988 by The Estate of MacKinlay Kantor; "An Historical Inversion" copyright 1967 by MacKinlay Kantor; Renewed copyright 1995 by The Estate of MacKinlay Kantor; Introduction copyright 2001 by Harry N. Turtledove (P)2019 Tantor

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Awesome that this book is now in audio format.

I hope this book influences alternate history authors on and off line in the years to come. One of the first alternate history books many have read, no doubt. Shame it wasn't expanded on morein several areas, who some other Presidents of the US and CS were, and so on. Narration leaves a lot to be desired, however. Still, one of the best.

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A must listen!

Yes, a must listen. This is an incredibly well written story, narrated by a pro whose style, inflection and obvious grasp of the subject matter only enhances the story. For Civil War buffs and newcomers alike.

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Fun read

I have been reading alternate history for a long time. This was right up there.

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A tale that paved the way for alternate history...

This is one of the earliest entries into the genre of alternate history, and helped to serve as an inspiration for many writers that came after; not least of which was Harry Turtledove himself. That said, don't expect high levels of detail concerning how this timeline differs from our own. Basically, the Confederacy secedes from the Union, Texas secedes from the Confederacy, and all three work as amiable partners in every global conflict that follows before finally joining together again. Not the genre's best entry, but worth one listen at least.

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Where is the rest of it?

Buyer beware, this audio book is only about 2 hours long. Hardly worth it in my opinion.