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, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country, and England, after a fatal act of appeasement, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared. Now, in this thrilling alternate history, another scenario is played out: What if Chamberlain had not signed the accord?

In this action-packed chronicle of the war that might have been, Harry Turtledove uses dozens of points of view to tell the story: from American marines serving in Japanese-occupied China and 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 tale of powerful leaders and ordinary people, at once 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 Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780345491831
Branch Call Number: FICTION TUR


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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.

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?

Feb 22, 2011

very boring and repetative...didnt finish

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.

Dec 04, 2009

Very typical Turtledove, but I like his stuff usually.

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Aug 08, 2014

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