Buyers below the Mason-Dixon Line will be the first, most appreciative audience for this. Mr. Kane's factual coverage can be commended to Northern attention, too. He's stayed away from the issues (except for the simplest statements of cause and effect), avoided the moral judgments that continue to rankle and has concentrated on the Confederacy as a government and, specifically, as a military machine with more than one tactical genius in command. Considering the explosive racial tensions that exist and considering their source, this will undoubtedly get (and deserves) more careful discussion at book evaluation meetings than juvenile non-fiction is usually afforded. Mr. Kane has tried to make the point that heroism is heroism unless you lose, whereupon it takes on or is given the characteristics of villainy. It's a reasonable point, but who ever said that the Civil War was subject to reason either North or South? Read it, discuss it, stick your fingers in your ears and wait for somebody to explode.