Books: To Sorrow & Glory

THE COMING FURY (565 pp.)—Bruce Catton—Doubleday ($7.50).

In the beginning, the rebel leaders were an unlikely lot. Alabama's William Lowndes Yancy was as mild a fellow as anyone would want to meet—until, upon arising to speak, he became the "Prince of Fire-Eaters" who had made it his life's work to lead the South from the Union. Georgia's Alexander Stephens was a sickly 100-pounder, known as "The Little Pale Star," who saw the future with terrible clarity: "Mark me, when I repeat that in less than twelve months we shall be in the midst of...

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