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The Great War: American Front

von Harry Turtledove

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An alternate-history World War I in which the United States and Germany are allied against Britain, France, Russia and the Confederacy. To the south, blacks prepare a revolution, to the north U.S. troops occupy Canada and behave abominably.
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I will admit to having this book and its successor on my shelves at one point in time.

I will not concede to finding anything of value in this book, other than an interesting premise and set-up that includes the idea of "the South won a particular battle in the American Civil War and as a result there are three nations on the Northern American continent: Canada, the United States, and the Confederate States."

I question the pages of continual racial slurs Turtledove writes and his need to continuously mention that African Americans were not seen as fully human at the time of the Great War. Neither were poor white men, or women, or Native peoples, and yet their stories are told with "women get dinner on the table for their menfolk" with no sexist dialogue, inner turmoil, or similar verbal assaults. Page after page of racial slurs unbalanced by any other group's similar slurs is less historical fiction and more racially-charged opinion. ( )
  threadnsong | May 6, 2018 |
A tedious re-do of the first two books...updated by technology. Use of a 75 year old Gen Custer was unbelievable; I would have enjoyed author's take on early 20th century heroes. Teddy Roosevelt as President of the USA and Woodrow Wilson as President of the CSA. What's up with that? Wilson from New Jersey! So, the characters were not credible, except for the common people...real, as far as I know. A boring rehash, I've had enough of this author. ( )
  buffalogr | Jul 3, 2014 |
My reaction to reading this novel in 1999. Spoilers follow.

Turtledove uses his usual technique of a multitude of characters to provide a variety of views in this novel about the American front of an alternate WWI. This technique, with its rapid alternation between viewpoint characters, makes this thick book read fast, but I had a few quibbles.

First, with the exception of Woodrow Wilson, George Armstrong Custer, Theodore Roosevelt (Wilson and Roosevelt are presidents of the Confederacy and USA, respectively), and Leonard Wood – all briefly glimpsed and none viewpoint characters – we see no historical characters, just fictional ones. Some of the internal dialogue of characters verges close, but doesn't cross the line, of excessive folksiness. Also, we get few scenes of combat and then those scenes are not that detailed. Also, we get no viewpoint characters who are combatants from European powers.

Still, Turtledove uses his characters well to show most aspects of the war (including the scenes of Cherokees, solid members of the CSA, fighting with Confederate officers) and not just naval and land and air combat but the various ways civilians react including sabotage, espionage, and collaboration when conquered. But the most powerful and disturbing bits are the visions of a USA, under the influence of its German ally (it’s amusing to hear Roosevelt’s support of German culture given our history), become, since the Second War Between the States, a bureaucratic, paper-laden tyranny. Second is the influence of Marxism in both the US and CSA. In How Few Remain, Lincoln spread the word of Marx and, it’s revealed here, his actions ultimately lead to the socialists splitting off from the Republicans. They have to decide, in typical Marxist fashion, that Britain and France ae more reactionary than the Kaiser. In the CSA, slaves and Southern factory workers in the aristocratic South (the most dislikeable character is a rich Southern belle named Anne Colleton) understandably embrace Marxism, and the novel ends with the beginning of an armed black uprising. ( )
  RandyStafford | Oct 16, 2013 |
This book begins with the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914. Then we have the sharing out of the Forces in WWI, so that the USA and CSA would end up on opposite sides of the conflict. HT and I would part company about his allocation that the German Empire allies with the USA , while the UK and CSA would get on just fine. Not the world I've researched, but we are here to sell some books, and that's what happened with this continuation of the fine beginning of the series with "How Few Remain". We also see the start of the rise of the CSA's Hitler figure, setting up yet more mayhem to come. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 8, 2013 |
I read "Guns of the South" first and was intrigued, so I read "How Few Remain". The concept is fascinating. The South wins the Civil War and the former United States remains permanently divided into 2 nations: the CSA and the USA. Following the War of Rebellion, a constant state of hostility exists between the CSA and the USA. In "American Front", the CSA and USA are on opposite sides of the Great War and North America sees the same horrors of trench warfare as Europe. My main complaint is that the author introduces too many characters and jumps frequently from one set of characters to another and from one venue to another. There's no opportunity to know the characters very well and care about them, and they seem cartoonish and one-dimensional. "Guns of the South" is a much better read. ( )
  libramo | Sep 1, 2012 |
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