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American Front The United States Sides With Germany, While The Confederate States Ally With Britain And France World War I Explodes On American Soil When War Engulfs Europe In , The United States And The Confederate States Of America, Bitter Enemies For Five Decades, Enter The Fray On Opposite Sides The United States, Led By Theodore Roosevelt, Aligns With The Newly Powerful Germany, While The Confederacy, Under Woodrow Wilson, Joins Forces With Their Allies, Britain And France But For Both Sides, This Fight Will Be Different From Any Other A War With Global Consequences Waged In America And Fought With The Chilling Innovations Of The Dawning Modern Age, The Machine Gun, The Airplane, And Poison GasThe Events Of How Few Remain Confederate Victory In A Second Civil War And The Subsequent Division Of America Set The Stage For This Extraordinary Novel Of The First World War As It Might Have Been In The Great War American Front , Harry Turtledove Creates A Vast, Vibrant Canvas That Blends Actual Events And Players With A Brilliantly Reinvented History This Unforgettable, Deeply Moving, And Superbly Original Novel Is A Masterpiece Of Imagination And Another Triumph For Its Acclaimed Creator

10 thoughts on “American Front

  1. says:

    I was hooked after reading the previous novel, How Few Remain , and knew I had to continue with this series It didn t serve as a prequel, but added some context and familiarity that I appreciated This book had me flipping page after page, and I burned through it in just about a week or so The third person multiple POV is a bit confusing, but once I got each character straight, I loved seeing so many different experiences and lives during the war A really thought provoking and interesting re I was hooked after reading the previous novel, How Few Remain , and knew I had to continue with this series It didn t serve as a prequel, but added some context and familiarity that I appreciated This book had me flipping page after page, and I burned through it in just about a week or so The third person multiple POV is a bit confusing, but once I got each character straight, I loved seeing so many different experiences and lives during the war A really thought provoking and interesting read, looking forward to what else this series holds

  2. says:

    Turtledove is great at describing the endless tedium and frustration of war he attacks it from all sides and perspectives, building a complete picture If you re interested in the big and little picture of war and political events, this is great If not, the reader bores quickly.

  3. says:

    Not as thoroughly awesome as How Few Remain, the first in this series, but quite engaging The First World War affects the USA and CSA as something of a continuation of the Civil War, here it seemed they were just waiting for an excuse to start fighting again, and they fell into war again with vigor The author s refusal to take sides is interesting as well I was also fascinated by the way alliances fell out in this version of history very plausible given the events of How Few Remain, but i Not as thoroughly awesome as How Few Remain, the first in this series, but quite engaging The First World War affects the USA and CSA as something of a continuation of the Civil War, here it seemed they were just waiting for an excuse to start fighting again, and they fell into war again with vigor The author s refusal to take sides is interesting as well I was also fascinated by the way alliances fell out in this version of history very plausible given the events of How Few Remain, but it seriously messes with my good guy bad guy ideas of World War I Looking forward to finding the next one in the series

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Great War American Front is a fascinating book that covers the beginning of an alternate version of World War 1 and its effects on the regular person and soldier It s the second book of the Southern Victory series from author Harry Turtledove which is a sort of thought exercise on how the world would look if the Confederacy had won the civil war I found it extremely interesting the idea of European trench style warfare taking place on American soil The books starts with the Assassination The Great War American Front is a fascinating book that covers the beginning of an alternate version of World War 1 and its effects on the regular person and soldier It s the second book of the Southern Victory series from author Harry Turtledove which is a sort of thought exercise on how the world would look if the Confederacy had won the civil war I found it extremely interesting the idea of European trench style warfare taking place on American soil The books starts with the Assassination of The archduke of the Astro Hungarian empire Franz Ferdinand With tensions between The US and the Confederacy high each side was almost eager for war Told through many perspectives the book has a lot of characters, which other reviewers seems to hate as they thought it made the story convoluted but I thought it was an incredible way to show the full scope of the war and sort of display how many people really were touched by this war I did wish we gotpoints of view from the real life characters we see such as confederate president Woodrow Wilson or an old General Custer, but the points of view are limited to characters that weren t actually real One of the bonuses of haven t multiple points of view is the book was able to show off the new method of war that were introduced We see this technology highlighted in some of my favorite scenes in the book This includes a scene that has a confederate squad take in a US tank where the confederate soldiers are baffled by sheer power and destruction that a was able to cause and it caused them to fear what other atrocities the war has in store for them Another one of these scenes is a dogfight that shows how aerial combat can be so crucial to getting the edge over an opponent Though this book only covers the beginning of the war it is still an incredibly engaging read from start to finish the switching points of few keep the events of the war fresh and interesting while accurately portraying the horror of warfare and its effect on the The everyday person If you enjoy history then you will find the gold that this book has into a believable alternate history novel The only complaint I would give it is that some scenes can drag a little to long and that if the scene goes on to long without action the point of view can become boring

  5. says:

    Turtledove is getting better with each book The civillian and soldier perspective of this really sells it.

  6. says:

    I may include spoilers, so if you re planning to read the book let s face it you re not , consider yourself forewarned.First recall that we re talking about an alternate history where the South won the Civil War with the help of England and France This book takes us to 1914, where World War I is starting It s England, France, Russia and the Confederates the Quadruple Entente versus the US, Germany, and presumably Austria and the Ottoman Empire If the latter two get a mention, it s very I may include spoilers, so if you re planning to read the book let s face it you re not , consider yourself forewarned.First recall that we re talking about an alternate history where the South won the Civil War with the help of England and France This book takes us to 1914, where World War I is starting It s England, France, Russia and the Confederates the Quadruple Entente versus the US, Germany, and presumably Austria and the Ottoman Empire If the latter two get a mention, it s very brief In North America, the war is primarily a struggle of the US versus the Confederates and Canada.The book is, like How Few Remain, told from a variety of perspectives Unlike HFR, however, TGWAF are those acronyms annoying enough tells the story from the perspective of common people There are some historical figures present I counted Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, George Custer, Eugene Debs and Marcel Duchamp, but I m sure there wereThese characters, however, are secondary to the everyday folk the New England fisherman, the Confederate Army major with the unfortunate surname Lincoln , the black butler in a South Carolina mansionThere s less excitement in I wonder what a New England fisherman would do in this timeline than I wonder what Abe Lincoln would do if he lost the war and survived The book at times sounded like one of those histories where they try to convince you that the life of ordinary people isworth studying than the life of kings and statesmen Sounds fun, huh Nevertheless, the book succeeded in making me think about World War I in different terms by hearing Virginia ripped apart by trench warfare, I couldreadily imagine the psychological shock to Europeans And I couldreadily appreciate the benefit to America of not having a war on our home soil during the twentieth century.One of the book s drawbacks is its large cast of characters that makes it hard to remember who s who Sometimes I had to wait until a soldier cursed the other side to remember which side he was on Another is that everything is very slow developing and telegraphed In an early scene, Confederate President Woodrow Wilson is giving a speech in Richmond, and soldiers fire bullets into the air to scare away the crowd Is it really necessary to have a character wonder to himself what will happen when the bullets come back down It doesn t move the plot along, and it doesn t really provide any flavor to the story.Nevertheless, the alternate history is fairly compelling By the end of the book, the USA has advanced across most fronts, though the war is stalling The USA has also pushed the CSA out of Pennsylvania and is trying to retake the parts of Maryland and DC that have fallen The South is starting to be disrupted by a Marxist revolution led by blacks That s one of Turtledove s cleverer ideas, and I m waiting to see how this will play out

  7. says:

    The War to End All Wars consumes North America Continuing the alternate history of How Few Remain, in which the Confederacy won the Civil War, The Great War American front imagines a First World War where the USA and CSA meet for the third time on the battlefield Machine guns, ard cars, and airplanes replacing the strategies of the previous century The chaos and international defense pacts in Europe now involve North America, as fighting rages in the US, CS, and Canada In addition a work The War to End All Wars consumes North America Continuing the alternate history of How Few Remain, in which the Confederacy won the Civil War, The Great War American front imagines a First World War where the USA and CSA meet for the third time on the battlefield Machine guns, ard cars, and airplanes replacing the strategies of the previous century The chaos and international defense pacts in Europe now involve North America, as fighting rages in the US, CS, and Canada In addition a workers revolution begins to stir, primarily among the African American population in the south, ready to rise up against their white oppressors Another great what if novel by Turtledove, who paints with a wide brush, encompassing many points of view and many individual stories, but it never feels overwhelming If you enjoy studying history, and the thought experiment of alternate history, I recommend it

  8. says:

    Harry Turtledove s The Great War The American Front, is a fast paced alternate history novel focusing on World War One after a confederate victory in the United States Civil War After the assassination of the Austro Hungarian Archduke, The US sides with The German Empire, Austro Hungarian Empire, and The Ottoman Empire The CSA does the opposite, they join the Entente with The British Empire, French Empire, Russian Empire, and Serbia Fierce fighting on the border of the CSA and USA ensues T Harry Turtledove s The Great War The American Front, is a fast paced alternate history novel focusing on World War One after a confederate victory in the United States Civil War After the assassination of the Austro Hungarian Archduke, The US sides with The German Empire, Austro Hungarian Empire, and The Ottoman Empire The CSA does the opposite, they join the Entente with The British Empire, French Empire, Russian Empire, and Serbia Fierce fighting on the border of the CSA and USA ensues Turtledove uses a unique style of writing which throws you from character to character while never visiting one character twice This strategy is hard to adapt to at first but eventually moves the story along quite nicely This book touches on some sensitive topics such as genocide and war and the bad things that come with war Such as how often soldier characters can die randomly It also has a very heavy use of racial slurs so I would suggest no one under the age of 14 read this book due to its mature content Overall I would give this book a due to its interesting plot and realistic view on war and its effects on countries and people

  9. says:

    As a sequel to How Few Remain it goes above and beyond its predecessor with better characters andrealistic motivation and world building with the first few chapters you see his world building in action like when the POV character in the south is talking about the wealthy having imported cars from the USA instead of locally produce ones in the CSA Another improvement this book has over its predecessor is its sense of scale with USA soldiers fighting in Canada and DC with the Confederates As a sequel to How Few Remain it goes above and beyond its predecessor with better characters andrealistic motivation and world building with the first few chapters you see his world building in action like when the POV character in the south is talking about the wealthy having imported cars from the USA instead of locally produce ones in the CSA Another improvement this book has over its predecessor is its sense of scale with USA soldiers fighting in Canada and DC with the Confederates This book in my opinion deals with historical individuals better than its predecessor with them being only brought up occasionally and only for important things that our POV character would not know about

  10. says:

    This is another book I was hoping to like a lot , especially after the opening of the series But wheras that volume included ample interesting and easily identifiable chapters using historical figures, this one tries to cover a vast military front from western Canada to the east, from Oklahoma to Maine, and many points in between with much less easily recognized characters So the problem is trying to figure out who is who, Reb or Yank, Reb ally or Yank ally, from one page to the next This is another book I was hoping to like a lot , especially after the opening of the series But wheras that volume included ample interesting and easily identifiable chapters using historical figures, this one tries to cover a vast military front from western Canada to the east, from Oklahoma to Maine, and many points in between with much less easily recognized characters So the problem is trying to figure out who is who, Reb or Yank, Reb ally or Yank ally, from one page to the next And for very little payoff since as in Europe, WW I turns into a lengthy stalemate across a massive front, with the only significant event occurring in the final pages, to set up the sequel But I am hooked, so will eventually pursue the series subsequent volumes

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