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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: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1862, the Confederacy won the War of the Rebellion (not by interference of time travelers, as in Turtledove's Guns of the South, LJ 9/1/92, but by their own skillful military and diplomatic efforts). The defeated North has stewed for nearly 20 years. In this alternate history, the South exercises an opportunity to purchase Sonora and Chihuahua from the bankrupt Mexican Empire, having already wrested Cuba from Spain. James G. Blaine, now president of the United States, arrogantly seizes upon this pretext and invades with the aim of reunification. Lincoln has become an outcast of the Republican Party and preaches socialism while Custer is a frustrated and embittered colonel on the frontier, Samuel Clemens a fiery newspaper editor in San Francisco, and Rosecrans the inadequate head of the Union Army. Turtledove is an accomplished professional at this sort of thing and has given us an entertainment that makes us think somewhat about why we are the way we are. Highly recommended for history, historiography, military, and popular fiction collections.?Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Turtledove calls his numerous novels "alternative history." He changed the result of the Civil War by giving General Lee AK-47s in Guns of the South (1992); in Worldwar (1996), World War II came to a screeching halt as the belligerents united against alien space lizards. This current novel extends the Civil War theme. The year is 1881. Lincoln, since losing the Civil War and then the presidency, is an itinerant socialist speech-maker. In the Confederate States of America, President James Longstreet buys northern Mexico, and the U.S. president declares war, the course of which operates through several historical figures. In San Francisco, antiwar newspaper publisher Samuel Clemens talks himself out of seditious trouble with William Sherman, while the British fleet reduces the city to rubble. The British/Canadian invasion of Montana is stopped by Teddy Roosevelt, yelling "bully" constantly, and by George Custer, whose brother Tom dies, reappears, and then is later referred to as dead. The War in Mexico goes worse for the bluecoats, as would be expected, since they face the dashing, slashing J.E.B. Stuart and his "camelry" --whether their mounts are dromedaries or Bactrians is unclear. At Louisville, Stonewall Jackson reprises his successes by repelling the Union attack and capturing Frederick Douglass, war correspondent. Turtledove is successful in the plausible, albeit theatrical, characterizations of these figures, and his imaginative curiosity will appeal to the what-if segment of the vast Civil War readership, although they might trip over Tom Custer's dead-or-alive act. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 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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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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