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American Empire: Blood and Iron Hardcover – Jul 31 2001


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st ed edition (July 31 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034540565X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345405654
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,011,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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When the Great War ended, Jake Featherston had thought the silence falling over the battlefield as strange and unnatural as machine-gun fire in Richmond on a Sunday afternoon. Read the first page
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I've read alot of Turtledove's books World at War, Great War, How Few Remain and up to now my favorite has been JHow Few Remain butt I never cared for his other books too manyy characters complicated you really have no idea whats going on in the world. Well I must say this book is better. The characters are defitnaly known better and you geyt idea of the big picture. Personally I'm not sure if the world would havee turned out this way actually during the Civil War it was the Russians who were close to the U.S. and very nearly became a ally. So theres a good chance Russia and the U.S. might have allied against the Confederatesand Germany Well I like the idea of a United States at war in a WWII style atmosphere since I was a kid I always sort of wondered what would happan if the Civil War had ttooken place in the 1940s or who knows maybe the 1990s.
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This is the first book in the newest trilogy ("American Empire") in Turtledove's alternate history where the South won the Civil War, which chronologically follows immediately after his World War I series. For me, it will also be the last. The quality of this book is a lot lower than in the earlier series. I have been a Turtledove fan for a long time, but based on this effort, I will not continue this particular series.
Turtledove had a great opportunity to paint a picture of the Nazi-like Featherston's rise and (presumably temporary) fall. He could also discuss what's happening in the UK, Russia and France. (Is Russia even Communist in this alternate world?) He completely passes on this opportunity, to instead give us hundreds of pages filled with silly and boring prose about characters who have outlived their usefulness by a long shot and should not have appeared in this book at all:
* Nellie and Edna with their ridiculous bickering
* Galtier talking to his horse and engaging in "witty" banter with his family
* Jonathan Moss with his silly relationship with the Canadian woman
* Martin arguing politics with his family
* Sam Carsten with his sunburn
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book traces the rise of Jake Featehrson from a small local Freedom party meeting to a presidential canidate it also traces how many confederates feel after the war and the inflation that follows and this helps explain how featherson becomes such a threat
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American Empire: Blood and Iron is the follow up to the Great War series and this book is supposed to put to rest World War One and transition towards an alternate World War II.
To do this, Turtledove follows the day-to-day exploits of the large cast of characters we've come to know and either love, tolerate, or skip past. Sylvia Enos struggles as a single mom, Cincinnatus Driver adjusts to life in the USA, Reggie Bartlett sells cough syrup, Arthur McGregor continues to plot revenge, et cetera.
The main plotline in the CSA surrounds Jake Featherston and his "Freedom Party" (an obvious parallel to the Nazi's), which sucks in a couple more regular characters, Jefferson Pinkard and Roger Kimball, while in the USA the Government is going Socialist, which means Flora Hamburger is moving up in the world and there are drastic cuts to the military.
As someone who enjoyed How Few Remain, American Front and Walk in Hell (and wasn't overly thrilled with Breakthroughs), I found myself quite disappointed in Blood and Iron for a couple reasons:
Firstly, there seemed to be little closure to the Great War, especially in the USA. Once the war is over, people just start going about their lives again like nothing ever happened. Rather then try and explain the impact that the war has had on society we get pages of Lucien Galtier talking to his horse and Sam Carsten burning.
Secondly, I thought this book would give Turtledove a chance to add a new dimension to his characters, a type of in-depth look at personalities that would be lost in a book that focuses on telling a war, but there was none of that. Instead the characters still remain just names on a page floating aimlessly through their lives rather then appearing as "real people".
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By Patrick Stott on Feb. 3 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
History is full of "what ifs." What if the Roman Empire had never existed? What if the Vikings had actually settled in America? What if the Black Death hadn't killed so many people?
With hindsight, it is easy to see what would have happened immediately after an event if it had been different. What is more difficult however is to plot out where things would have gone further down the track. There are so many more variables. Harry Turtledove has taken a central event in the history of the United States, namely the Civil War, and changed the result. In his novels, the war was still fought in the 1860s, but America remained divided, the Union in the north and the Confederation in the south. Sixty years down the line, the continent is still divided. The Great War has just ended, with the Union on top. Canada is occupied, Quebec is independent, and France, Britain and Russia have been beaten. Could history have travelled this way? Following this book, it could have, very easily.
This is no simple tale. There are several stories told all at once, from the upper echelons of national politics through to the poverty stricken and widowed. The war has affected them all differently. A former confederate submarine captain is central to the formation of the fascist Freedom Party. General George Custer, still alive and well, occupies Canada. Former slaves leave the Confederate states for a better life in the north, while hyperinflation destroys the Confederate economy. A brilliant young colonel develops the weapon of the future, but his government does not agree on it's effectiveness. The United States navy assists the Irish in throwing the British out of Ireland.
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