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February 23rd, 2011

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08:06 am
One book failed to keep me interested, yesterday, and that was Rising Sun Victorious edited by Peter Tsouras. The individual authors postulate one or two minor changes in what happened in the history of the Pacific Theater in WWII, and then suggest the likely end results. I guess that these scenarios make me too uncomfortable to read on. In any case, no. That bodes poorly for my enjoyment of other books of the genre. I have to wonder why I like Turtledove's books so well, though. He does essentially the same thing.

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Date:February 24th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
In all his alternate histories Turtledove focuses on the people involved. That is where his work succeeds, and fails. I'm currently making my way through his Hitler's War series, and waiting for number three to come out. The course of the war follows available technolog and available man power. The accidental alliance of Germany and Poland follows from the events in the first two books, and makes sense in context.

Note that Harry thinks the France and Britain were better prepared for war than Germany was, and that Hitler got lucky when Chamberlain folded as he did.
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Date:February 24th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Maybe in 1938. Less so in 1940.
Date:February 24th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
Harry's point exactly. While all three powers prepared in the two years, Germany did the most work in getting her military ready. The Schwerepunkt through the Ardennes was also devised in that time.
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