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I just finished reading it, and it's amazing.
A very very worth read.
The English version is here, with 56 chapters from June 40 to April 42.
The French version has some more chapters up to Nov 1942.
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Decades of Darkness http://alternatehistory.com/discussion/ ... php?t=8170 New England secedes from the USA after a nastier debate over the Embargo Act due to Jefferson's death in office.
Napoleon's Victory http://alternatehistory.com/discussion/ ... hp?t=90610
Manstein in Africa http://alternatehistory.com/discussion/ ... p?t=135445
By no means exhaustive and usually online TLs better deal with such things as the Butterfly effect.
Also For Want of a Nail is my favourite published AH, which deals with the Patriots losing the American Revolution and instead taking over Mexico.
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1. Days of Infamy (2004)
2. End of the Beginning (2005)
Yeah, only two. Amazing for him. Another excellent novel is "MacArthur's War: by Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson. The atom bomb has a catastrophic failure and as a result Japan has to be invaded. Very good book.
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Agree 100% here.Polynikes wrote:The Moscow Option by David Downing:
http://www.amazon.com/Moscow-Option-Alt ... 762&sr=1-1
Probably the best strategic AH books I've read.
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(1) J.R.Dunn, "Days of Cain". One of the best books I've ever read. On the surface it's just about time travelers going back to retrieve a Sea Stallion helicopter abandoned at Desert One in 1980, upgunning it with weapons from the future, then taking it back to 1943 to rescue prisoners in Auschwitz. But it's so much more complex, multilayered and even spiritual in ways I can't even describe. For a brief review, see www.librarything.com/work/148612
(2) Stuart Slade, "The Big One". B-36 atom bombing of Germany in 1947. I hear we really did originally develop the B-29 and B-36 to reach Germany from CONUS in case Britain fell and we lost the use of English airfields.
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Bresnahan’s method for the analysis of the subject is to break up the main events of the Pacific War in several sub-groups. Each is commented on by different specialists and authors on the subject – like: John Burton, Jon Parshall, Anthony F. Tully, Tim Jackson, William Bartsch, Michael Barnhart, Douglas V. Smith, H. P. Wilmott, Frank Shirer, Harold Goldberg, Jim Hallas, Keith Allen, Hal Friedman, C. Peter Chen, Douglas V. Smith, Lex McAuley, John Lundstrom, Frank Snyder, Ronald W. Russell, Peter C. Smith, Barett Tillman, Stephen D. Regan and some others. In my opinion they all make a good job of it except the last-mentioned – mainly because of his obvious ignorance of what actually took place in the first period on the Philippines. His slanted remarks on MacArthur are also rather distasteful.
Of course, not all of these persons remark on every subject but the book’s author – he calls himself editor – has made a nice balancing act of it. Interesting is it that on most of the subjects there are usually quite different opinions.
Before buying the book, I only just received it, I was a little afraid that this would just be a repetition of the firm convictions we often see, with the results given as a sort of Law of Nature. This is not so, the questions he ask the various contributors are quite detailed and give good opportunity for variations in their responses. Most of the questions start with a short introduction on the subject, and end with a similarly short summary. In all, it calls for a tight editing to keep it interesting.
For me, considering a recent book project of mine – working title "Saving MacArthur" – there was only one disappointment. The author has shied away from the BIG question. What if the US leadership had gone all out to reinforce, and hold on to, The Philippines? That said, one author writes in some detail on the confusion around the (lack of) dispatch of the US bombers on December 8th. I find his conclusion quite sound (as I am of the same opinion – for the same reasons) - that it would have made very little difference.
Saving MacArthur - an eight-book series on the Pacific War:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D3 ... rw_dp_labf
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Axis of time Trilogy. A multinational fleet goes back to 1942. Hilarity ensues.
Seriously, I really enjoyed these books. A lot of interesting twists and turns about how things would be, like integrating future troops in with WW2 forces, etc.
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This is a book worth reading even if, like me, you don't play the Bolt Action game. It is written with humour and a lot of imagination, and is lavishly illustrated, with paintings from Osprey books and photographs of miniatures. However it follows the usual biased account of possible Sealion invasion. The Home Guard is allowed to use weapons that weren't issued until 1941 or 1942 but the Germans don't get the same benefit. The author states that the invasion was impossible due to the overwhelming superiority of the Royal Navy and includes a timeline for a September 1940 invasion that has the French fleet helping the German and Italian navies during the invasion. (the timeline is rubbish as it involves Petain forming government with the French communists). The British get 14" coastal guns but the Germans don't get the option to use any of the Channel Guns. There appears to be no provision for air attacks. The book seems intent on minimising the German threat, with the Panzer 1 being the most commonly shown German tank, even though few Panzer 1's would have been used in an invasion. Well I suppose there's nothing to stop players from altering the rules to fill in such gaps.
However there are some fun elements included that I have not seen anywhere else. The British player gets all sorts of Home Guard units, including the "Womens Federation Toxophilite Club Patrol" which is a fictional unit of women from an an archery club, armed with bows and arrows, which can be upgraded to anti-tank arrows with plastic explosive attached! The British player can also equip his troops with the Great Panjandrum, in honor of a Dad's Army episode (even though it's an anachronism). You can also use a Boy Scout Patrol. A more serious suggestion is the use of Royal Navy landing parties - troops formed from the ship crews. The German player gets gangs of criminals or BUF (British Union of Fascists) thugs/Action Groups and other Fifth Column elements. This is in addition to Brandenburger Commandos and the option to equip the paratroops with shaped charges to blow up fortifications.
It is as a campaign, though, that the book fails. The scenarios are quite imaginative and would be fun to play. However, only 14 out of 124 pages in the book are used to describe the ten scenarios. They are not linked except by counting total points scored at the end - in a real campaign, the results of one fight should affect the following ones. Al in all, though, the book is a fine effort and well worth getting. There are some factual errors but as it is a work of fiction they can be forgiven.
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The book itself is a very easy yet captivating read. It reads like a "history book" you'd find in a Greenhill anthology, and there are two small first-person chapters which are also very well done. I understand that it might be too "far-fetched" for some, but if you suspend your disbelief, you'll most likely be very impressed by this short, 177 paged book.