The Civil War indelibly shaped the course of American history. But what would the United States look like if the war never happened?

This week on the MashReads Podcast, we read and discuss Underground Airlines by Ben Winters, a novel that imagines just that — a world where the Civil War never occurred and slavery still exists in four states dubbed “The Hard Four.” Now it’s up to a man who calls himself Victor, a former slave himself, to track down and return runaway slaves. But his mission isn’t as straightforward as it seems as he is soon swept into a conspiracy plot that threatens to shake the core of America. Read more…

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