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1920: America's Great War by Robert Conroy

1920: America's Great War

by Robert Conroy

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Strong entry into the alternate reality genre. Wars always seem to turn on the smallest of things -- a found note, a lost courier, a confused sentry, not making the push at the right time.... The character of the Germans would not have changed, though. ( )
  bgknighton | Nov 24, 2015 |
I'll admit that I have a little bit of a chip on my shoulder these days regarding the "Plucky American" trope (too many stupid proclamations about American Exceptionalism will do that for a person), and I do sense some missed opportunities here in this first of Conroy's novels that I've tried. That said, I find it much easier to gloss over any issues I might point to with this book by regarding it as a sort of diesel-punk adventure and just let things slide while seeing how the author ties all his plot threads up with the climactic battle; that's where the joy is in this sort of thing.

Apart from that I do respect Conroy for not kidding himself that he had more than a novel's worth of ideas and stretching things out interminably. On the other hand, he has created a jumping off point to an alternate Twentieth Century that I wouldn't mind seeing further developed. ( )
  Shrike58 | Feb 24, 2015 |
I note that this is Conroy's second book in which Germany invades the US in the early 1900's, this time on the west coast instead of the east. I liked 1901 better, but this is also worth reading. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Dec 11, 2014 |
An action packed yarn telling the fictional tale of German victory on the Marne in 1914, the defeat of France & Britain resulting in a German invasion on the US via Mexico.

Patton, Eisenhower, , Nimitz, MacArthur and even Amelia Earhart all feature along with a supporting cast of Rommel and Canaris.

Good fun if you're looking for a light alternative history read. ( )
  mancmilhist | Aug 28, 2014 |
I can't help myself! Sure, Conroy's books tend to be formulaic, and make too much use of coincidental contacts between the main characters and major historical figures. But sometimes a guy just wants a good, old fashioned yarn thats an easy read! Conroy's books are just that. He makes good use of the alternative history genre by using an easily imaginable alternate decision in a historical event, not relying on some supernatural or alien intervention. And, he cleanly wraps up each book at the end, not leaving you hanging, waiting a year for the next book to come out (ala H Turtledove). He fleshes out the major characters nicely, yet not going overboard in explaining exactly what a character was thinking/speaking in excessive, flowery language (sorry Eric Flint). Perfect for a summertime read at the cabin, or curled up in front of a warm fire on a winter weekend. Please keep them coming, Mr. Conroy! ( )
  1Randal | Aug 25, 2014 |
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"Consider another 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914 she had crushed England, France, and Russia in a war that was short but entirely devastating. By 1920, Kaiser Wilhelm II is looking for new lands to devour. The United States is fast becoming an economic super-power and the only nation that can conceivably threaten Germany. The U.S. is militarily inept, hosever, and is led by a sick and delusional president who wanted to avoid war at any price. Thus, Germany is able to ship a huge army to Mexico to support a puppet government to invade and conquer California and Texas. America desperately resists and as a second battle of the Alamo looms, only the indomitable spirit of freedom can answer the Kaiser's challenge"--… (more)

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