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December 2nd, 2011

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09:03 pm
I also dumped a book this morning. MacArthur's War is supposed to be an alternate history novel about the end of WWII with the Allied invasion of the Japanese home islands, and this is fine. However, to get to the point of the novel, the authors made what I consider to be too many twists in history, and that bothered me to the point of not reading it (not only did the US lose the Battle of Midway, but the Manhattan Project fails, leaving it the the Soviet to explode the first A-bomb in 1956...c'mon...). I usually only like these kind of books if they only manipulate history once, and then use their imaginations to consider what that change implies. Losing Midway doesn't suggest, to me, that our scientists wouldn't then be able to come up with nuclear weapons, forcing us to fight Japan to the death.

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Date:December 4th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Midway was a decisive loss for the Japanese but how could it be one for the Americans? They would only lose an island that could be bombed around the clock by B17's and the US would still have Saratoga and Wasp plus whatever the UK could loan them like they did later with the Victorious.
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Date:December 5th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
A catastrophic loss at Midway could have been no Japanese losses (at least in carriers), and a loss of all three carriers to the US...or possibly the Yorktown might not have left drydock after Coral Sea, and not participated. That would have allowed the Japanese fleet to wander at will between Hawaii and Midway. But that still wouldn't have anything at all to do with the US not building a nuclear weapon.
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