Reunion: Lee, Lincoln & the Reunification Treaty

Michael J. Metroke
Outskirts Press (2014)
ISBN 9781478736233
Reviewed by Nicollette Violante for Reader Views (02/15)

“Reunion” by Michael J. Metroke is a work of historical fiction that takes place in an alternative universe: the Confederacy won the Civil War and General Robert E. Lee is President. However, it turns out that victory is not too sweet as General Lee watches his beloved South crumble, and he enlists the help of Abraham Lincoln in reuniting both North and South. Skeptical when I first started reading, worried that it would be a novel glorifying an ugly aspect of American history, Metroke has created an amazing political and thought provoking novel. Distinct characters, realistic outcomes, well written and amazingly researched, I couldn’t put the book down.

Metroke’s attention to detail will transport you to the Reconstruction Era and offers a different perspective of history, with both fictional historical figures and real ones. Metroke offers plausible challenges that the newly independent Confederacy would have faced and the resolutions are incredibly realistic for its time. While obviously it is not historically accurate, readers will gain a new understanding of the Civil War and the challenges of that area, as it is quite educational. I think it should be part of history class curriculum. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in politics and history and to anyone who is curious about the Civil War.

What I appreciate the most about “Reunion” by Michael J. Metroke is that it is incredibly well researched. Metroke put his time and effort into offering a realistic and plausible story, not a historical drama. Highly educational and also relevant with today’s political and cultural conversations, “Reunion” will capture every reader’s attention as Metroke takes us on a slow journey towards a reunion between the North and South while breathing life into characters and an era we have only superficially learned about in history books.

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