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on 11 November 2017
A classical book about alternate history. In those story Imperial Japan wins most of the time by adopting differents strategy or simply being lucky. From invading India in 1942 to helping Nazi Germany invade Soviet Union. One scenario ends in defeat its the invasion of Australia.
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on 17 June 2011
Overall, an excellent book with thought provoking ideas/propositions that form the basis of the alternative history timelines. An excellent start with a soviet/japanese conflict, though i thought the war plan orange was a bit lacking.The last chapter - a debrief/lecture with Admiral Fletcher is really a superb construct, catching the politics, tactics and strategy of the final closing months of the Pacific War.
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on 16 December 2014
excellent novel. well written. Gripping srory.
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on 14 November 2017
For the World War II reader, this is a superb book.
If you expect the story telling of an alternate history novel, then this is not the book for you,as it reads like a detailed history book with all the details intact and complete . So what were the possible changes that could have caused either a Japanese victory, or a cessation of hostilities? This book presents a number of scenarios for an American defeat.
Very powerful and thought-provoking read.
Highly recommended
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on 28 December 2010
This book contains stories by various authors about how things might have been different in the Pacific War. This is not "alternative history" fiction like Harry Turtledove's "Worldwar" series. The stories in this book are designed to look like descriptions of actual history, with real historical persons rather than made-up characters. Each writer has chosen one event to fantasise about - for example, what if the Japanese had done a proper job at Pearl Harbor; or what if an important Soviet official had defected to Japan at the initial stage of the war.

My initial fascination decreased significantly when I noticed that Mr. Tsouras had managed to misspell two place names right in the third sentence. Those were not the only amazing misspellings. Among other things, Kwantung Army is consistently spelled "Kwangtung", so Mr. Tsoras seems to actually think that that's the way it's written. Such ignorance and/or sloppiness isn't exactly a credibility bell-ringer.

As to the content, one major flaw in this book is the way how the authors grossly overestimate the governments' willingness to make peace. They seem to think that governments have the ability to see the future and realise that the present situation is the best they'll get, so they better stop fighting and make a reasonable peace treaty. That is hardly the case in real life, and it was definitely not the case in WW2.

I also found it irritating how in most stories, one or another event turning out to the benefit of the Japanese made no difference in the outcome of the war. In other words, the authors' aim seems to be to show that whatever would have happened, the USA would have still won. They're just so tough that nothing in the world can beat them, aren't they?

Also, I occasionally felt overwhelmed by myriads of details.

So, vividly written and interesting to read as this book was, it eventually turned out to be quite disappointing.
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on 7 August 2007
I'm a fan of what if books, as you will see from some of my other reviews. While this book is thought provoking, it is not exactly an entertaining read and becomes repetitive (aircraft looking for carriers, breaking codes etc). Chapters focus on, amongst others, Japanese invasions of India and Australia, the capture of Midway, and attacking the USSR. Luck plays a part in many Japanese victories. e.g. SPOILER ALERT the sinking of a US ship in the mouth of Pearl Harbour, stopping many ships leaving harbour and pursuing the Japanese.

In all an interesting read, but probably not worth buying unless you are an avid fan of the what if genre.
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on 13 August 2009
I just want to say that I loved this book because it is very interesting, excellent :)
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