Three political leaders presided over the reshaping of the North American continent during the fiery 1860s: Jefferson Davis, Abraham Lincoln and John A. Macdonald. All were Protestants; none came from a wealthy family. Once, such men would not have risen to political heights. In a high stakes game, these three competed to create viable nation states. And their success or failure would have consequences--not only for the long-term future of the continent but for the entire global order.