Hitler's War

Hitler's War

The War That Came Early

Book - 2009
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A stroke of the pen and history is changed. In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, determined to avoid war at any cost, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country and pushed beyond its borders. World War II had begun, and England, after a fatal act of appeasement, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared. Now, in this thrilling, provocative, and fascinating alternate history by Harry Turtledove, another scenario is played out: What if Chamberlain had not signed the accord? What if Hitler had acted rashly, before his army was ready¿would such impatience have helped him or doomed him faster? Here is an action-packed, blow-by-blow chronicle of the war that might have been¿and the repercussions that might have echoed through history¿had Hitler reached too far, too soon, and too fast. Turtledove uses dozens of points of view to tell this story: from American marines serving in Japanese-occupied China to members of a Jewish German family with a proud history of war service to their nation, from ragtag volunteers fighting in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion in Spain to an American woman desperately trying to escape Nazi-occupied territory¿and witnessing the war from within the belly of the beast. A novel that reveals the human face of war while simultaneously riding the twists and turns that make up the great acts of history, Hitler¿s War is the beginning of an exciting new alternate history saga. Here is a tale of powerful leaders and ordinary people, of spies, soldiers, and traitors, of the shifting alliances that draw some together while tearing others apart. At once authoritative, brilliantly imaginative, and hugely entertaining, Hitler¿s War captures the beginning of a very different World War II¿with a very different fate for our world today.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345491824
0345491823
Branch Call Number: FAN Turt
Characteristics: 496 p. ; 25 cm

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Naplameddie
Dec 26, 2013

You have to have a certain patience to read a Turtledove book anymore. The key is to know which characters are worth reading and which are only good for skimming. He also uses a lot of the same turns of phrase and jargon amongst characters. Each time you return to a character during the story you have to slog through some re-hashing of what he or she just did. If a particular soldier dislikes another you will be reminded of this constantly, and usually with the same descriptive language.

All that being said the overarching, strategic story is usually enjoyable. He's willing to look for plausible alternate histories to write about. This is what I read for. If you love history and what if stories, and you can learn the proper skimming and skipping techniques, this book is worth spending some time in.

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zipread
Nov 06, 2013

Hitler's War --- by Harry Turtledove. Alternate history: change a few key events in the run up to WW ll or in the war itself and see how it changes to outcome. You might even have the allies lose the war. An intriguing idea. But poorly executed. After 100 pages I'm still not hooked. There are just too many strands each representing the events as experienced by the differing protagonists but so far nothings happened to advance the plot. I'm not patient enough to wait another 100 pages for the plot to move forward, for a little suspense and excitement. Dare I say, boring?

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suelinton1960
Feb 22, 2011

very boring and repetative...didnt finish

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bootlegga
Jul 25, 2010

Another interesting alternate history from Turtledove, although I felt he had too many similar characters this go around. Why for instance, are there storylines for Czech, French, German and British infantryman? It would have been better to only have one or two infantrymen and have an artillery man or something else, providing a different POV.

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22950010967420
Dec 04, 2009

Very typical Turtledove, but I like his stuff usually.

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