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Interesting but slow
am 3. Januar 2000
I liked this book, but I have discovered that I have a great interest in the genre, so I may be biased.
I enjoyed reading about Lincoln's hypothetical role as a Marxist, given that there was no reason to assassinate him. I found it a bit far-fetched until I read that the speeches his character gave in the book were really his speeches in history. Amazingly, Sam Clemens sounds just like Sam Clemens without taking the same liberties.
The US really did send troops to put down the Mormon practice of polygamy. The Mormons did not have great means to resist a United States Army, but given a little covert help, they might have resisted a distracted Union Army. (I think probably not, but it's not implausible.)
Other reviewers' criticisms of the plodding pace of the story, however, are not misplaced. How could the plot advance very quickly and end in a stalemate? I found the almost exclusive use of historical celebrities the only thing that saves this book from its plot. While I was not that interested in finding out how the war will end (it's telegraphed fairly obviously) I was interested in reading about the way characters develop when I thought I knew them (although creeping into Sam Clemens bedroom was uncalled for).
So, if you're a great fan of alternate history, I recommend this book. If you are just thinking about seeing what the genre is like, try Guns of the South or the World War series (if you like fantastic twists) or skip this one and go straight to Great War: American Front. There's plenty of backfill so you won't get lost.