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American Front


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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, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Hot War books: Bombs Away, Fallout, and Armistice; the War That Came Early novels: Hitler's War, West and East, The Big Switch, Coup d'Etat, Two Fronts, and Last Orders; 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 and 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--and two granddaughters, Cordelia Turtledove Katayanagi and Phoebe Quinn Turtledove Katayanagi.


Turtledove, whose "Worldwar" saga presented an alternate look at World War II, turns his attention to World War I in his latest projected series, set along the same timeline as How Few Remain (LJ 8/97). The outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 brings about a corresponding declaration of war in North America as the rival United and Confederate states side with their respective allies. Vignettes of trench warfare in Kentucky, Marxist uprisings among the second-class black population of the Confederate States of America, and daily life in "occupied" Canada (an ally of the Confederates) provide the author with various viewpoints from which to examine the cost of the war to end all wars. Fans of alternate history and military fiction buffs will demand this well-thought-out series opener. Recommended for most libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/98; for another book by Turtledove, written under the pseudonym H.R. Turteltaub, see Justinian, reviewed above.‘Ed.]

This masterpiece of alternate history takes place in the same world as Turtledove's How Few Remain and begins a projected tetralogy of a First World War fought with Germany and the U.S. allied against Britain, France and the Confederacy. The reader is drawn in at once as a German cruiser approaches Boston and Jeb Stuart III trains his artillery on the Capitol Dome, and Turtledove sustains high interest throughout the lengthy narrative. As in How Few Remain, the author gives full recognition to social and economic factors (e.g., how conscription impacts politics; how labor shortages affect the position of barely emancipated blacks in the Confederacy). He also plausibly depicts the opening stages of race war. In addition, he unleashes the horrors of trench warfare on American soil and shows how an American army of occupation might look from the point of view of the occupied Canadians. With shocking vividness, Turtledove demonstrates the extreme fragility of our modern world, and how much of it has depended on a United States of America. This is state-of-the-art alternate history, nothing less. Author tour. (June)

YA-Turtledove's love of history has been evident in many of his SF novels, and especially intriguing are his "alternative histories," in which he takes a pivotal event and twists it. In this sequel to How Few Remain (Del Rey, 1997), in which the Confederate States of America won the Civil War and established its independence, the author moves the action into the 20th century. With the outbreak of World War I, the U.S., led by Theodore Roosevelt, joins forces with an aggressive Germany and the C.S.A., led by Woodrow Wilson, aligns with France and Great Britain. Through well-developed military and civilian characters, Turtledove shows the horrors and the life of trench warfare reimagined here on North American soil with its mustard gas and advanced weaponry, and the lives of everyday people caught up in events beyond their control. A great choice for libraries needing superior materials for SF collections or for history discussion.-John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

"The definitive alternate history saga of its time."--Booklist (starred review)

"This is state-of-the-art alternate history, nothing less."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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