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Alternative historical fiction

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by Stratiotes, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. Stratiotes

    Stratiotes New Member

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    I think it is good to explore what did *not* happen in order to better understand what did. I have enjoyed Harry Turtledove novels from time to time for that reason. What are some other good ones and their genre?
     
  2. JGrubbs

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    I have heard that Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War by Newt Gingrich is a good book, although I haven't read it yet.

    From Publishers Weekly
    This well-executed alternative history imagines a Confederate victory at Gettysburg.
     
  3. KenH

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    Forget the Alamo by Wallace O. Chariton. His novel postulates what might have happened if a more defensible mission in San Antonio de Bexar had been chosen instead of the Alamo - a Texican victory.
     
  4. Dr. Bob

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    A wonderful tome, "What If?" edited by Robert Cowley, is a worthwhile read. It proposes some changes in events, weather, characters, etc that changed the course of history.

    I'm on my second time through it.
     
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    I am involved with Eric Flint's 163x universe. Take a six mile sphere with small W. Virginia coal town from 2000 at is center and drop into 1631 Thuringa, Germany. Thity Years War v. the UMWA.
     
  6. Major B

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    My dad was UMWA--where can I get this book? The 17th century armies vs the most heavily armed union in history.....
     
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    My favorite is the old classic, "If the South Had Won the Civil War," by McKinley Cantor. He posits that Grant falls from his horse and dies during the siege of Vicksburg, which is then abandoned, and that Hancock's line broke in panic during Pickett's charge (an unlikely event, but...).
     
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    LEST DARKNESS FALL
    by L. Sprague de Camp
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0671877364/002-9018182-7443228?v=glance

    A 20th century archeologist end's up in the Western Roman Empire, shortly before it's fall. He set's out to change history and save it.

    Crusade in Jeans
    by Thea Beckman
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/188691026X/qid=1092679785/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-9018182-7443228?v=glance&s=books

    Time traveler get's stranded in the middle ages and caught up in the disastrous Children's Crusade. It's once again time to change history and save the children from a fate worse than death.
    Apparently, the English translation isn't nearly as good as the the Dutch original.
     
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