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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (16 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340715529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340715529
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 4.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 977,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart; The Guns of the South; How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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With shocking vividness, Turtledove demonstrates the extreme fragility of our modern world . . . This is state-of-the-art alternate history, nothing less (Publishers Weekly on HOW FEW REMAIN))

Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way. Strong, complex characters against a sweeping alt-historical background. (Kirkus Reviews on RETURN ENGAGEMENTS)

Good fun. It has an authentic speculative quality, energy and dash. (Time Out on A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE)

Engrossing ... definitely the work of one of alternate history's authentic modern masters . . . totally fascinating. (Booklist on THE GREAT WAR series)

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This is first volume of the American Empire trilogy and the 6th volume in Harry Turtledove's epic alternative history of the USA, in which the South is victorious in the American Civil War. It began with The Guns of the South, continues in How Few Remain and the Great War trilogy, then ends with Turtledove's Settling Accounts sequences.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Flaherty VINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Well, volume 4 of the Great War Tetralogy turned out to be volume 1 of the American Empire series. This book starts to deal with the inter war years and how the USA and CSA cope with having fought such a destructive war. Unsurprisingly, they react similarily to Europe in the inter war years and this, I feel, is part of what Turtledove is trying to show, that the circumstances of history mould countries. The CSA and USA could be Germany and France and their histories are similar.
Obviously, this is the more shocking with the CSA. Whilst the sight of the USA gaining its first ever Socialist government is moderately amusing and interesting, the slow descent of the CSA into fascism is shocking and disturbing. Previous books have shown Communism as an American idea and this book shows Fascism as an American idea drawing on the only too familiar roots of Racism that were around in the real 1920s Southern States (and, lets be honest, weren't too far away in the North either.) And I wonder where Turtledove is going with this, though I think I can guess. With Fascism and Communism being American ideas, it seems only too likely that the Holocaust will be an American idea also, with a Black face rather than a Jewish one.
I could criticise this book, for example the history of the CSA seems to paralell inter-war Germany a little too closely with Donald Featherstone's Freedom Party paralleling the Nazis too much. But I would still reccomend it. The story seems to get to 1924-25 (Turtledove's a little hazy about dates) so there's plenty of time to go before WWII - although it doesn't necessarily have to start in 1939, I guess, so maybe there's less time than it seems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
With this book, the "Great War" series is more-or-less wrapped up, and we're set up for the next series; I'm informed that the author has signed to do three more books in this universe. On the whole, it was a good book, although IMNSHO the parellels between a certain character and Hitler were a little contrived, and (as has been a problem thruoghout this series) there are rather too many viewpoint characters. Also, something to tell the reader what year we are now in would be very helpful. Even with these problems, I enjoyed the book a lot, and consider it a valuable addition to alternate-history literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Gordon Davidson on 4 May 2012
Format: Paperback
The first book in the American Empire trilogy but the fifth book in the 11 volume alternative fiction epic imagining what might have happened had the South won the American Civil War.

The plot is really starting to thicken now and I'm fully engrossed in the series. Got to say that this has been the best of the first five books. The characters are all beginning to emerge as very important players in the great drama and not the ordinary citizens they appeared to be for so long. I like the fact that Turtledove doesn't shirk from killing some of them off, even though we've been following their stories for several books.

I thought I knew where the series was headed but I'm not so certain now.

A cracking good read.
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As I write above this is one of Harry Turtledove's good books. I waiting for the next two in the series on Kinle to see how it all becomes.
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