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This apocalyptic novel of the Civil War chronicles the clash of two agents of the rival Secret Services--John Oliphant and Union Captain Amaziah Butter--like brothers in their love of the country they serve and in their determination to do their duty
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This is an unusual Civil War novel. It deals not with military campaigns or battles, but with the Confederate incendiary attack on New York City late in November 1864, and with the espionage and counterespionage activities that preceded it. As such it can be enjoyed simply as a complex cat-and-mouse tale of pursuit and evasion, of widening interlocking plots and ever-constricting suspense. But it is much more. Only Richard Slotkin's The Crater ( LJ 11/15/80) approaches the depth of its historical appreciation of the many issues involved in the war. And for Batchelor it is a war that still continues: his American Civil War is a metaphor for the civil war raging in the American soul between liberty and conscience, virtue and betrayal, greed and guilt, success and failure. This is a more traditional novel than his earlier books and is Dickensian in scope and characterization and in its compulsive readability. An exceptional work. Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
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Opening just prior to the presidential election of 1864, Batchelor's epic novel presents a tapestry of American life during the Civil War.
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Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11080503787X
Book Description Henry Holt & Co. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 080503787X New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.1953743
Book Description Henry Holt & Co (P), 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX080503787X