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Dec 28, 1994
| ISBN 9780345388520
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Jan 08, 2002
| ISBN 9780345453617
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Dec 28, 1994 | ISBN 9780345388520
Jan 08, 2002 | ISBN 9780345453617
Suppose Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill, Hitler, and Hirohito had united to conquer an even greater foe?No one could top their power—not the Germans, not the Japanese, not the Russians, not the United States.From Pearl Harbor to panzers rolling through Paris to the Siege of Leningrad and the Battle of Midway, war seethed across the planet as flames of destruction rose higher and hotter.And then, suddenly, the real enemy came.The invaders seemed unstoppable, their technology far beyond human reach. And never before had men been more divided. For Jew to unite with Nazi, American with Japanese, and Russian with German was unthinkable.But the alternative was even worse.As the fate of the world hung in the balance, slowly, painfully, humankind took up the shocking challenge. . . .
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,… More about Harry Turtledove
What got me about the Worldwar series wasn’t the aliens. It wasn’t the warfare (though Harry’s really good at it–I especially love the tanks). It wasn’t even the fact that he’d turned history on its ear in a big way. No, it was the people. If they were historical figures, like Josef Stalin, or Adolf Hitler, or Omar Bradley, he really brought them back to life. But even they took a back seat to Harry’s original characters–the soldiers, the civilians, the resistance members, the spies. Whether they were American or Russian or British or Chinese, he made me care about them, about their lives and their loves. And he made me care a lot about their deaths–the kind of deaths that happen in war.He made the most out of cultural juxtaposition, when a Polish Jew had to fight alongside a Nazi, or a British officer found himself in a tumultuous affair with a female Russian pilot (and sharpshooter–whoosh). These were the real people, They took a science fiction alternate history and elevated it to a new level. The result is a terrific adventure. –Steve Saffel, Senior Editor
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