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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 29 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345406141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345406149
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This is one of HT's earlier books, telling the story of the "Second war between the states," as the tagline goes. There's a brief preface telling why the CSA won it's independance in this timeline, then the story goes into the era of the war, and it really takes off. The characters are well-done, the story is textured, and this book in particular is far superior to his later works, in which he follows our history too closely. That's a different matter, however. Multiple viewpoints cover most aspects of this world, and a foreign viewpoint gives a unique view that is lacking again in his later stuff. He also doesn't fall into the normal authorial trap of not killing off characters, and he's not afraid to have the "good guys" lose. All in all, this is one of his better books, and a good one to introduce someone into the genre.
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Harry Turtledove writes many different types of alternate history, some mixed with science fiction (Worldwar series, The Guns of the South), some with a fantasy element (Darkness series, Detina series). How Few Remain is straight alternative history; Turtledove changed one event, and then from this "branching point" a different world emerges. In this book, the Confederate States of America defeated the USA because a courier did not drop secret battle plans (as happened in our timeline). The CSA is a nation in its own right. 20 years later, the USA still seethes from their crushing defeat and economic downturn, and attempts to remake the Union again.
Using multiple viewpoints in short vignettes, similar to John Brunner's novels or John de los Passos' USA, Turtledove evokes the moods of different groups and geographies. And as in Worldwar, Turtledove introduces famous people whose lives have changed because their history diverged. Thus Abraham Lincoln lives past 1865 (our 4-year Civil war ended sooner in this timeline, with a different victor), but is disgraced for losing the war, and finds himself extolling the virtues of socialism. Teddy Roosevelt finds an opportunity to drum up a volunteer army at age 21, fighting the Brits in Western Canada.
Political intrigue and diplomatic tangles abound. The CSA aligns with England and France, while the USA forms a partnership with Germany. But the US is surrounded by enemies, with British Canada to the North, and the CSA with its new Pacific ports (having purchased two provinces from the Empire of Mexico). The USA is spoiling for a rematch, and President James G. Blaine, the first Republican elected since Lincoln, intends to avenge the loss of the Southern States.
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I read this book about 3 years ago so I don't remember everything about it but it explains how the world could have been if the south had won the civil war it basically sets the stage for the next series the great war
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By General Pete on Aug. 14 2002
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In 1863, the Confederacy successfully seceded from the Union. This book tells of a new war between the USA and the CSA, taking place in the 1880s. Warfare has changed a lot in twenty years, and the military leaders of both sides must come to bloody terms with Gatling guns, fast-firing artillery, and trench warfare. The viewpoint characters are amusing and interesting portrayals of real people. Sam Clemens (Mark Twain), for example, is working as an editor in San Francisco, while the aging Abraham Lincoln wanders the country spreading Marxist ideology. Such individuals give the book a great sense of period. There is also Fredrick Douglas and numorous other cameos by other famous people of this period
Overall-While it may not be th ebest of Harry's books it does provide good background for the rest of the "World War" serise
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I stumbled across Harry Turtledove by the front cover of "Walk In Hell", the second book of the Great War trilogy. I picked the book up and started reading. Within no time I was hooked on the intriuging story line.
This left me with no choice but to "back track" to American Front which then told me to back track further to How Few Remain.
For me it was a prequil to Walk In Hell and I was impressed with the introduction of the reason why the CSA now existed. It showed us how close reality for our world came to changing. The North American map at the front is a great guide and will change dramatically over the next sixty odd years.
The what might have been scenario if the USA had've held together was well played out - a classic alternate history play on the actual.
Famous people of the times are thrown into a whole new world.
The central charcters of Armstrong Custer and Theodore Roosevelt and their bitter dislike for each other are established in the first of this epic story of the alternate world Turtledove has created, an upside down state of world affairs.
Prehaps a little more could've been focussed at the start on the final battle that would turn the tide in favour of the creation of the CSA and the role Great Britan and France would play.
Thankfully reality is the world we live in now, not perfect but look at the possible alternative.

It leaves you wondering if Great Britan would've become the enemy of the USA if secession had've succeeded. Personally I'd doubt it but we (thankfully) will never know that outside the world of Harry Turtledove...A great start with a twisted ending, the storyline flows along quite nicely and is an easy read (sadly the follow up editions post WW1 do tend to fail in this department).
Five stars *****
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