Sargent, Pamela. Climb the Wind
Divergence: c 1865 CE
What if: A Lakota chief arose to unite all of the Plains Amerindian tribes and prevent their piecemeal defeat and surrender to the Wasichu Bluecoats.
Summary: American expansion westward is stalled, which, coupled with the mysterious death of President Grant in 1871 and ascendancy of the corrupt Vice President Schuyler Colfax, leads toward destabilization of politics in the East. The turmoil crystallizes when a coup topples the government following the assassination of President Blaine a decade later.
Comments: Originally announced as American Khan.
Published: HarperPrism 1998 (0061050296BUY); HarperCollins 1999 (0061058084BUY).
Awards: Finalist: 1998 Sidewise Award for best long-form alternate history.