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The Ultimate Solution

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The nightmare come-true novel of the last jew in Nazi America!
Mass Market Paperback, first, 142 pages
Published May 1973 by Warner Paperback Library (first published May 1972)
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Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It started out bad, and got worse . . .

Lieutenant Bill Halder is a member of the NYPD, charged with keeping the peace in the Nazi-ruled city of New York. The Nazis had wrought many changes in post-WW 2 America. Love and kindness had been exchanged for impersonal lust and sadism. Sex between men and women was only for reproduction. And the Gestapo ruled supreme over all. But a cop's job was still the same dirty business it had always been. Lt. Halder was poor, chronically sleep-deprived, and driv
Josh Weiss
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first alternate history novel about a Nazi victory over the Allies that genuinely evoked a raw sense of fear and revulsion in me. The dystopian world that Norden builds is heinous to the last degree with no redeeming qualities and that's what really made the book a home run for me, a reality where evil and depravity are the absolute norm. Noreen doesn't soften anything, delivering an unflinching narrative of a a sadistic and conscienceless society based on the ideals of Nazi, Germany ...more
Rachel Adiyah
This was a very hard novel to read; but I felt that it was important that I did so. The story occurs in an alternate reality in which Nazis won WWII. Not all of the facts match up to actual Nazi policy, especially the tolerance for homosexuals; in reality the Nazis of our world persecuted homosexuals and sent them to the death camps. But it doesn't really matter. If the Nazis had won in our world, America would have become a dark and horrible place, and that is why we must fight their disciples ...more
Samuel Settle
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Nazis win" is such a common scenario in alternate history that it has its own Wikipedia article:

The appeal is obvious: The Nazis are probably the last historical group that pretty much everyone agrees are unmitigated villains. If you want to have "pure evil" in a non-fantasy setting, and you don't want to be accused of cultural insensitivity, Nazis are your go-to.

Despite this, "Axis victory" literature is, on whole, really good. It's produced a handf
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Ultimate Solution, by Eric Norden, was written and published in the 1970s. It is currently out of print. Last I checked, a used copy can be had from Amazon for about $35.

The reason this book is out of print, and will, lamentably remain so, is because it is an absolutely haunting and brutal portrayal of life in New York if the Nazi's had won World War II. Norden succinctly - it is really very short - describes a world devoid of compassion, empathy, and kindness. Most of the scenes are incred
Michael Elia
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My mother picked this up for me at a drugstore when I was young. At the time I was fascinated by all things "WWII" and the swastika on the cover was really all she noticed. This was my first alternate history and man, was I hooked, even as a young teenager. I'd always hoped there would be another book or more to the story.

My copy is long gone at this point, but I still remember some of the chilling parts of this book very clearly. A Gestapo in New York City who, while doing a particularly horri
Haven't read it in years, but it was darn spooky 30 years ago

Added, just read it again, what this guy put in 142 pages is almost too much to bear. If you ever have the opportunity to read this, do it.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brutally bleak 'Nazis won' scenario. The one thing that stood out was how easily ordinary people can normalize horror and brutality.
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