Mrs. Alito says about Mr. Alito: "He makes lists of novels that win the National Book Award, but at heart he's a history buff." " He's been reading Civil War stuff lately."
Hunch: If the National Book Award is your source for novel recommendations, your Civil War reading is likely to be dreadful, the kind of trash that wins prizes from committees of back-scratching plagiarist storytellers.
We all have to start somewhere, however. Welcome to the ranks of Civil War readership, your honor.