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Thaddeus Holt

Thaddeus Holt is a lawyer and military historian, author of The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War (Scribner, 2004) and numerous magazine articles. “Mr. Clay’s War” is an excerpt from a longer (unpublished) work, The Eagle of the West.


Mr. Clay’s War: A Metahistory

Assume, reader, that in 1803 Bonaparte did not sell Louisiana to the United States but retained it as a French possession and sent a strong army to guard it. Assume further that Alexander Hamilton recovered from the wound received in his duel with [...]