For history to have unfolded in such an exotically planned manner, one must assume that there was a single guiding hand playing one hell of a game of three dimensional chess, instead of millions of folks putting into play some version of seeking their own individual advantage as nature has hardwired all of us to do within the limits of our abilities.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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