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The Guns of the South Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1993

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345384687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345384683
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly

The Confederates win the Civil War with aid from South African time travelers in this unconvincing "what-if" tale. Using a time machine, Andrew Rhoodie and his cadre of white supremacists from A.D. 2014 join the rebels and supply them with AK-47 assault rifles. Rhoodie's "America Will Break" brotherhood hopes to foster a haven for slavery and extreme racism that will last into succeeding centuries. Thus armed, Gen. Robert E. Lee's troops are soon victorious, and Lincoln agrees to divide the nation. Lee wins political office in the South, and, ironically, becomes both a proponent of emancipation and a foe of the bigoted visitors from the future. Turtledove ( Krispos Rising ) might win over some Civil War buffs through his knowledge of historical figures and events. But stilted dialogue, slack pacing and thin characters diminish the book's appeal.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Guns of the South begins in January 1864. Lee's army suffers from shortages of arms and supplies, and the general is privately convinced that the war is lost. Then Andries Rhoodie appears with a new type of rifle--an AK-47--and offers unlimited arms to the Confederacy. With the new weapons, the South wins the war and history is changed. The peacetime Confederacy still confronts divisional strife over slavery, however, and Rhoodie and the group he represents become angry when the Confederate government begins relaxing laws concerning slavery. Their whole reason for helping the South win had been to create a supremacist white culture for the future. The Confederate government is now faced with a new enemy--Rhoodie and his soldiers, armed from the future. Successful alternate history makes readers believe that they have stepped back in time; although his research is meticulous, Turtledove fails to convince. A marginal purchase.
- Anne Keenan, Blair P.L., Neb.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Turtledove's Guns of the South, provides a rollicking good read as well as a great deal of insight into some of the common causes cited for the Civil War and why so many factors contributed to the Confederacy's defeat.

A fair criticism can be made that this book is not alternative history in the purest sense of the word. A more common scenario in such tales might more practically be derived from something like having the South win at Gettysburg. However, the adding of an element of time travel using both racism as it survived into the 21st century as well as the introduction of technology that helps the south to overcome the overwhelming odds it faced proves effective in the author's ability to highlight the points being made. The South was fighting in many regards not only the Union but also world opinion and trends that argue poignantly that even if the South had been successful militarily, it arguably would not have been able to preserve its preexisting society.

Clearly this book helps to illustrate that Slavery was a driving force in the causes of the Civil War but that it was once cause intertwined with many issues that in the end, would have resulted in change even with another military and political outcome.

The writing is well paced, plausable with a large dose of credulity, and most of all, entertaining and well researched.

5 Stars.

I recommend it.
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In 1864, the southern states of the USA are on the verge of losing the Civil War. They know it. They will not admit it but they know it. Their "Dixie" days are numbered.
But then suddenly a group of men with strange accents offer to sell them a new kind of gun with alarmingly lethal firepower. Called the "AK-47".
With this new innovative weapon in their hands the new country known as the Confederate States of America seems one step away from achieving their independence after all. Southern soldiers who mean well like General Robert E. Lee and Sgt. Nathan Caudell watch as their side achieves what seemed to be nothing more than a dream since Gettysburg.
Although Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation could soon be irrelevant to all states below the Mason-Dixon line, some of the southerners begin to consider he might have had a point about needing to abolish slavery after all. Something unacceptable to the mysterious men who provided the weapon at the start of 1864.
The south winning the civil war is only the beginning...
This novel is part sci-fi and Civil War literature, a very good and clever blend which makes the reader unexpectedly enjoy the book in many ways. Harry shows this story from the perspectives of Lee and Caudell, two real-life Confederates, who interact with a whole cast of characters who actually existed during the real war. Very meticulous research on his part.
You don't need to be a Civil War historian to follow this book, just knowing the basics will do. It's very good at explaining what really happened as you go along.
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Unlike Turtledove's other novels, which are sometimes bogged down by the sheer magnitude (and questionable importance) of their ensemble casts, Guns of the South has a smaller number of characters and develops their personalities carefully; the historical figures are realistic in their new motivations in the AK-47-equipped South (Lee in particular is expertly handled and immensely likable). The fictional characters are also enjoyable; some may quibble at the perhaps one-sided nature of the time-travelers, but I wasn't bothered by it; there are certainly people in today's society who behave in such a manner. The most unexpected thing about Guns of the South, however, is its profound ambition at addressing in a competent manner the core issues of the Civil War, i.e. the condition and quandries of that "peculiar institution." Oh yeah, and there's plenty of action in the book's 500 or so pages, so even if you're not really interested in the Civil War to a huge degree you should still find plenty to enjoy. This wasn't the case with me, however: I'm a fan of the period and a sucker for sci-fi dealing with time travel, and the two concepts combined into a tale of alternate history was a perfect combination. Highly recommended.
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For the "master of alternate history," you would expect Turtledove to come up with something better than AK-47s arriving at his front tent flap. And, granted, he does, with "How Few Remain," but that doesn't make this book any better.
It was an entertaining book and I managed to get through it fairly fast, but it wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been. The romance wasn't what I was would call junior high, but I'm thankful that the story didn't touch on it any more than it did. Robert E. Lee wasn't Robert E. Lee in the story. He was more Northern in ideals but he was also more Northern in the way he acted as compared to others in the South, and the way that Turtledove portrays him he acted like a mulatto from Mississippi who was lucky enough to get the right skin color, whereas Marshall spoke in language that was more reminiscint of a New Englander.
The premise of the story, however, is what irked me most of all. It really did seem like Turtledove wanted to write about the South winning the Civil War, but cared more about researching regimental history than finding a reasonable vehicle with which the South could have won. A similar plot could have developed had Britain or France simply come to their aid, and yet it was South Africa come from 2014 who were fed up with their kaffirs.
I've read How Few Remain and the World at War series up to book 4, and all were infinitely better than Guns of the South. To say that Guns of the South is Turtledove's greatest achievement is like saying the South was made up of a bunch of fire-eating abolitionists.
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