Napoleon in America

Yet another great review by someone who get’s it. Also check out this for another thoughtful example of the reviewer’s art. Even Percy has respect for counterfactual history:

One can’t read of that [Civil] War without playing the fascinating game of what-if . . . What if Jackson had lived through Chancellorsville? What if McClellan had listened to Phil Kearny (instead of to the Pinkerton detectives) during the Seven Days? What if Jeb Stuart had tended to business at Gettysburg?

Walker Percy, “The American War” (1957) in Signposts in a Strange Land, 1991, p. 74.

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