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Stars and Stripes in Peril/Harrison, Harr/Paper/034068920X/S047-B2
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Stars and Stripes
In Stars and Stripes Forever, Harry Harrison began the story of the war that never was, but might so easily have happened: the war of the 1860s between the United States of America and the British Empire.
An uneasy truce is broken by the British, who refuse to believe that the might of the British Empire can be bested by their former colony. They begin building a road across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where Mexico is its narrowest. This will enable them to bring colonial troops from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic to attack the United States along the undefended Gulf coast.
When the Americans attack the road, the war bogs down in futile jungle warfare. Only a brilliant plan by General Robert E. Lee enables the United States to broaden the war and attack the British forces where they least expect it - very close to home.