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Dixie Victorious: An Alternate History of the Civil War Hardcover – 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
A well-known series of alternate history anthologies now adds this solid and provocative exploration of the American Civil War. Seasoned alt-hist veteran Tsouras and nine other scholars offer 10 ways in which the South could have won its independence, beginning with European intervention or the construction (with British help) of a blockade-breaking navy. More subtle suggestions include Lee's lost order at Antietam being a deliberate deception, or the Union going bankrupt. The high points are probably Edward Longacre's Gettysburg campaign in which Jeb Stuart does his duty (he notoriously did not) and the editor's own somewhat implausible but enormously powerful scenario in which the South adopts General Cleburne's plan to free and arm the slaves. After that, Southern victories change the political equation, leading to Lincoln's defeat in the 1864 election. Evaluating these possibilities, one has to remember Shelby Foote's comment that "the North would just have brought the other hand out from behind its back." This latest entry in a series that's a byword among alternate-history fans succeeds in avoiding white supremacist fantasies and is well up to the very high standard set by earlier entries.
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– Publishers Weekly
"Dixie Victorious is both fascinating and an entertaining read. The latest entry in the Greenhill Alternate History series is highly recommended for the reconstruction of actual historic events to produce speculative alternative results."
– Michael Russert in Civil War News
– Iain Standen in British Army Review
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I came upon this book after reading _The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been_ which was so well written, it left me wanting more. I've always been fascinated with the Civil War and war gaming as well; rereading rules of a Civil War oriented board game led me to search out books on the subject to teach me possible strategies in playing. I didn't quite find what I was looking for despite the wealth of information contained in the book. For example, the authors go into detailed categorization of the order of battle of involved military units, and the course of action each pursued in battle. Perhaps I'm not enough of a grognard to appreciate such specifics. Military historians will likely enjoy this depth of detail, but I found it wearing after a while.
If you're a historian or history buff looking for subject material for writing a paper on different outcomes for the Civil War, then this is the book for you. If you're like me, more a general enthusiast who prefers history books that cover a wider range of sub-topics such as politics or social issues, you might get more out of _The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been_, by Roger Ransom, which addresses economical and political issues surrounding the Civil War as much as the military outcomes. Military history aficionados will have much here to enjoy.
as an ex-military intel analyst, I can say: read this. these types of analyses are rare.
Each writer also makes notes on the reality of the particular aspect of the war that his story covers, telling what actually happened after discussing in such great detail what could have.
I read this book and enjoyed it because the stories were superbly well-written and researched, as was each's account of what really happened. That I do in fact wish the South had won, and hold a favorable view of the CSA, only made reading about all those ways the South could've pulled through and come out on top more fun. But anyone with a genuine interest in the Civil War, the CSA, and especially alternate history should have a look at "Dixie Victorious". Whether you're glad the South lost or sincerely wish it hadn't, if you have a genuine interest in history this book will surely interest you. I highly recommend it, but note last of all that it is not a book for the casual reader. Anyone but a serious history reader will likely get bored, lose track of units, commanders, ships and battles, or somesuch. I know some people who can't go anywhere more expensive and dignified than a McDonald's, on account of their unwillingness to sit still and not raise hell for more than five minutes. So somebody who lacks serious historical interest getting bored with this fine book is entirely possible. But a serious reader? Not likely.