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1920: America's Great War

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  274 ratings  ·  48 reviews
By the author of breakout WW II era alternate history Himmler’s War and Rising Sun, a compelling alternate history thriller.After winning WW I, Germany invades America in 1920, marching through California and Texas as a desperate nation resists.

Consider another 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914, she had crushed England, France
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Baen (first published November 15th 2013)
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1920: America's Great War is alternate history at its best. It is fast. It’s fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. Nor does it pretend to give you a history lesson in disguise. Nope, Robert Conroy has written a real page-turner that has interesting characters and an engrossing plot that does a great job of doing just what it is suppose to do: entertain its reader!

In this alternative world, the Great War in Europe, or World War I as it is now duped,
If you read one Conroy book by this point, you read them all. He keeps the same cookie-cutter format for his non-historical characters, with the actual historical characters basically serving as scenery and stage-dressing.

Really the only reason to read a Conroy book is to get a cheap surface exploration of the alternate history in question (here, Imperial Germany wins the Battle of the Marne, winning WW1 largely before it got going, and invades California in an attempt to check America's growth
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1901 was the first of Master Conroy’s novels I read way back, when 1920 America’s Great War came out, I was in two minds over this particular spin on an alternate war scenario simply because he had already fought it out before, the only difference being as far as I could tell was that he was fighting the fight on the Western seaboard as opposed to the Eastern one. The altered history, the cause and effect of a German early victory in 1914 over Britain and France created a new Europe with Imperia ...more
Blaine Pardoe
I'm a junkie for alternate history and I generally enjoy Robert Conroy's books. This one was particularly interesting because I had just finished writing a non-fiction book on America's war plans and War Plan Black, the war with Germany, was one of my favorite chapters.
I found things wrong, as a historian, that most people wouldn't. Having said that, this was a wonderful romp into the 1920's where Germany has won the Great War and is invading the US. I loved seeing Patton in action, fighting in
I liked this book, but I really wanted to love it. It has a fascinating setting, a world dominated by Imperial Germany (don't listen to the reviewers claiming its full of historical inaccuracies, 5 minutes of research could teach you more than they know), and its battles are really cool and fun to read. There's just a few things that aren't particularly good, and they are important.
First off, the characters. The real historical figures are cool, but they don't do much. The original characters ar
Steven Percifield
The first "alternative history" book I've read; I really enjoyed it.

The premise is simple. The Germans actually won the Battle of Marnes in WW I. As a result, the French and British forces were overrun, France was occupied and England begrudgingly signed a peace treaty with Germany.

Germany did not, however, end its desire for world dominance at that point. Instead, it expanded its economic "partnership" with Mexico, still smarting from the loss of territory in the Mexican-American War, permitti
Ronald Tobin
I enjoy Robert Conroy's novels of alternate history. I find them to be thoughtful and entertaining at the same time. 1920 is no exception to this. The historical characters act according to what is known of their personalities and his created characters are well fleshed out. This story opens on an America that did not enter World War I because the Germans decimated the French and the British and it was all over in 1915. Woodrow Wilson, as he would have done, kept US military forces very weak. Th ...more
Raymond Thomas
My feelings about this book are a bit conflicting. On the one hand I have always enjoyed Conroy's easy to read and absolutely loved "1901" when it came out. However, while this book was (mindlessly) enjoyable, there are parts of the novel that are almost lifted exactly word for word from his previous novels. I'm fairly certain the description of Luke and Kristen (sp) are nearly identical to the ones from 1901 (and all the successive Conroy novels). It's just a bit grating to get the same charact ...more
Friedrich Haas

Pg.5 : "What really concerned Carville was the thought of the world with Germany as it's only preeminent power. ....half mad ... Kaiser." Really, again? How about the scenario that admits Britain had a global sea empire, Russia a vast land Empire, and Germany was a growing central european power looking for some respect from it's literal jealous and covetous cousins? WW1 was started by a Croat trying to strike at the Austro-Hungarian dominance, but no one hates Croatia or Austri
This is not the first time Robert Conroy has written about a German invasion of USA, but he has improved since 1901. No longer does cardboard characters prance about the scripted war scenario. Nowadays, Conroy has characters that advance the tale rather than just be a bit player. OK, enough yakking on with the review.

In 1920, Imperial Germany, having beat France and Britain on the West Front and Russia on the Eastern Front, decides to take the United States down before it can threaten the Second
I liked this book, and not just because it was a fast read. It is an alternate history narrative in which the First World War was lost and in which the United States never entered the war. Germany soundly defeats Britain and France in 1914 and rapidly becomes a global power, creating a new German Empire. The Communists have not taken over Russia yet [the Russian Monarchy being propped up by the Germans]; the only credible power facing the Germans is the United States.

In a bid to expand his powe
Karen Cole
Some of the best books I've read have been set during the First and Second World Wars, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat immediately come to mind. Therefore I was looking forward to this alternative history which imagines Germany won a swift and decisive war in Europe in 1914 then shipped a huge army to Mexico to support a puppet government before staging a bold invasion of America in 1920, with the intention of making Texas a ...more
Randal White
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 en ...more
Chris Bull
I have read other works by Conroy and they had some credibility. This is no more that a drug store pulp (do they even exist anylonger). At least my ebook isn't killing any trees. Plenty of name dropping.
The Germans (sometimes Krauts, rarely Huns, never Bosch )are really, really evil and the Mexicans are greasers. OK it has the feel of 1920 and everyone is at war, but really.
The writing is down right cheesy.
Not Henry G
This is probably the best novel by the late Robert Conroy.
It begins with a simple enough POD, the Entente ignoring the gap in the German armies during their approach toward Paris. From there, the book goes INSANE.
An invasion on the mainland United States by Germany and Mexico? Sign me up! It's probably the most action-packed novel he ever did, with land battles every so many pages and sea and air raids.
The characters, as usual, are serviceable. Nothing to write home about but it works because th
I enjoy Conroy's alternative History books. His books are a very easy read. Always explains the focal point of the change in history and then prepares the reader for a nice read. Enjoy the mixture of Historical Characters with fictional characters; however, characters are often one deminsional. Action is always entertaining as well. With all his novels it is somewhat predictable of the outcome. Clarification- Entertaining twist of actions but outcome is predictable. Again, enjoyed the fantasy wo ...more
Kent Say
I am not a history buff, and did not get much out of seeing a number of historical characters and military men portrayed. Same goes for military tactics. These may have been awesome selling points for others.

Unfortunately there wasn't much else. The characters weren't that interesting. The anti-pacifist, pro-US... was just not all that new or insightful.
Jota Houses
Una premisa que a primera vista parece absurda como puede ser el intento de.conquistar California por un Káiser envalentonado tras una corta y victoriosa Guerra Mundial ( menos absurda si se tiene en cuenta que en la realidad intentó convencer a México para invadir EEUU) da lugar a una historia entretenida sin más en la que vemos involucrarse a varios de los futuros protagonistas de la 2ª Guerra Mundial como Patton, Eisenhower o Rommel.
Howard Anders
A great "alternative history" read. I have been a Robert Conroy fan, since reading "1901." Mr. Conroy picks on the Kaiser again; this time,the Germans have won World War I, defeating the French at the battle of the Marne, and forcing France and Britain into a humiliating peace. The Kaiser is looking to complete his self-appointed task of world domination, by seizing part of the American west, by force. He offers Mexico a chance to reclaim territory taken by the United States during the Mexican-A ...more
While not the winds of war, it is a Great story & done in a day/ hard to put down for the military historian in me. Plotted well to take advantage of cultural trends about the world it jumped from big to little picture quickly, sided by both historical & fictional players. Definitely an author I will find & read.
The conceit of this book is very fascinating. Wilson brokered a peace treaty between the Allies and Germany. The US never entered the war. In the meantime, the Germans landed large numbers of troops in Mexico. They decide to invade the West Coast. Very interesting. However, what I end up seeing is a lot of very flat characters. Conroy uses the same kind of multi-pov plots that Turtledove does. None of the characters really has a very developed internal life. There's not much change. And as usual ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is an alternate history that has Germany winning World War I and then invading the US. It is an interesting take on what could have happen but did not. It was interesting to see characters who I knew were real and to see how they reacted in a different setting.
Rob Roy
I truly enjoy Robert Conroy’s writing, and I think this is his best to date. It seems with each novel, or more accurately alternate history, he gets better at characterization. In this scenario, Germany quickly won World War I, and now is the dominant world power in 1920. The Kaiser is worried about the U. S. growing more powerful and challenging the “Pax Germania.” This leads to an invasion of the U.S. from Mexico. The story follows the lives of many people, both real and made up by the author. ...more
John Adkins
Taking as his starting point a German victory in the Battle of the Marne that led to German hegemony over much of the world, Robert Conroy weaves a fantastic tale of alternative history. The action centers around a joint Mexican/German invasion of the southern US, specifically Texas and California.

While the primary point of view characters are all inventions of Conroy the book is peppered with real characters from our own history such as Patton, MacArthur, Pancho Villa, and others who live quit
James Eckman
A bit better than the other two I read, less gratuitous sadism. Also a fairly plausible alternative history since the real Germany did have thoughts of conquering the US until Kaiser I was shown how big it was.
More fun alternative history from Conroy. The Germans won the Marne, and WWI in the process. Russia is in turmoil and while Britain is strong at sea, they aren't seen as a threat on land. This leaves a pacifist US under Wilson as the only threat to a German 2nd Reich under Kaiser Bill.

What's a German Army to do but attack through Mexico and take California while the Mexicans take back Texas & the southwest? How can the US fight back? Will they fight back?

All answered in another book by Conro
Alternative history is a genre that is easy to write and hard to make interesting. There are few authors who pull off both tasks, however, Conroy does a reasonably clean job of it. The general ideas of 1920: America's Great War are that the Germans won a battle early in WWI that they lost in our timeline, and that they were later able to act upon the ideas found in the Zimmerman note. Until the end, this book seems to be heading into the territory of Turtledove - becoming a set of books rather t ...more
fast paced - I liked the attention to detail - very plausible
Have enjoyed many of Robert Conroy's alternate history novels
Ronald Edward
Interesting concept, this is the first of this authors writings that I have tried. It went a bit fast for me and I would like to have more in the way of naval battles for this era, but all in all not bad!
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Robert Conroy was a best selling author of alternate history novels. His 1942, which is set within a Japanese conquest of Hawaii, won the prestigious Sidewise Award for alternate histories.

After taking early retirement from automotive management, Conroy decided to combine his loves of history and writing. After discovering that Kaiser Wilhelm had plans to invade the U.S., he wrote his first alter
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