1862

1862

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by Robert Conroy
     
 

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The Civil War comes alive in all its passion and fury–only now the Brits are fighting . . . alongside the Confederacy

Outraged when the U.S. Navy seizes three Confederates aboard an English sailing ship, Britain retaliates by entering the fray in support of the Rebels–and suddenly it’s a whole new war.

Once again, cotton is king as the

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The Civil War comes alive in all its passion and fury–only now the Brits are fighting . . . alongside the Confederacy

Outraged when the U.S. Navy seizes three Confederates aboard an English sailing ship, Britain retaliates by entering the fray in support of the Rebels–and suddenly it’s a whole new war.

Once again, cotton is king as the North’s blockade crumbles before the might of the Royal Navy. While Lincoln confronts the monumental challenge of vanquishing mighty Britannia, the Redcoats revive their 1812 penchant for burning down American cities, and Union troops see Canada as ripe for the picking. From the Mississippi bayou to the Pennsylvania farmlands to the woods of Maine, the great armies of Generals Grant and Lee face off in the nation’s deadliest conflict. And to the victor goes history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345482372
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
422,305
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.08(d)

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Robert Conroy is a semi-retired business and economic history teacher living in suburban Detroit.

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1862 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
1862 is not quite as well written as Conroy's previous alt.hist work, 1901, which was original and thrilling. For one thing, the author cheats just a little. Having Grant face Lord Cardigan in Canada? Please. That is not a contest that is a farce and a tragedy (for the Brits.) Still, the story was good enough to be enjoyable and far better that Harry Harrison's take on the same idea insofar as the events of 1862 could actually have happened in the physical universe we occupy.
Anree More than 1 year ago
1862 was my 1st Conroy novel. Based on reviews from the reading public and professional reviewers I expected more. I was a bit disappointed. 1862 is pure pulp fiction. OK. It's pulp fiction - not a bad thing if one enjoys that style - which fortunately I do. The author surmises that Great Britain enters the American Civil War in 1862 on the side of the confederacy and walks the reader thru a possible historical alternative. A good story results. Lunch time and before bed time reading. Fun. An in depth historical novel with fleshed out and well developed characters it is not. For anyone who likes military fiction I recommend this book. Otherwise... Save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of historical fiction, particularly that associated with the Civil War. "What-if" scenarios such as the British entiering the War on the side of the South can make for especally intriguing flights of fancy. This book, however, misses the mark. The characters are flat and predictable, and they seem to be infused with 21st Century sensibilities. The action scenes are few and far between and not all that interesting. I did not actually finish the book; fortunately, there was a copy of Doctorow's The March where I was - a much, much better read.
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This book grabbed me pretty much straight away...by about page 20 I was hooked. Not sure that the story is all that plausible, but it's a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must buy for anyone interested in a great story. Conroy just makes it feel so real that it makes the book hard to put down
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wait till about 100 pages in and you'll get a graphic lesbian love scene. Hey, that's OK, but I was a little shocked at it being smack in the midst of a Civil War book! The romantic subplot is distracting, but the overall concept of this book is unbelieveably cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was written very well. it was exciting and the author made a very compelling arguement about what might have happen if Britian got involved. This is a must read for anyone who likes a little what if in your history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A time killer at best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The key "turning point" of this alternative history is the British joining the war on the rebel side. What ensues is a plausible series of events that results in a disaster for the British and a much quicker end to the war. However, the British end up with Hawaii as a part of the negotiated settlement. It makes you wonder whether Conroy is going to use that change in geopolitics in a future book on the second world war.