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American Front (Great War #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,146 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
When the Great War engulfed Europe in 1914, the United States and the Confederate States of America, bitter enemies for five decades, entered the fray on opposite sides: the United States aligned with the newly strong Germany, while the Confederacy joined forces with their longtime allies, Britain and France. But it soon became clear to both sides that this fight would be ...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Del Rey (first published May 12th 1998)
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Jon
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
I may include spoilers, so if you're planning to read the book (let's face it; you're not), consider yourself forewarned.

First recall that we're talking about an alternate history where the South won the Civil War with the help of England and France. This book takes us to 1914, where World War I is starting. It's England, France, Russia and the Confederates (the "Quadruple Entente") versus the US, Germany, and presumably Austria and the Ottoman Empire. (If the latter two get a mention, it's very
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Hillary
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not as thoroughly awesome as How Few Remain, the first in this series, but quite engaging. The First World War affects the USA and CSA as something of a continuation of the Civil War, here - it seemed they were just waiting for an excuse to start fighting again, and they fell into war again with vigor. The author's refusal to take sides is interesting as well. I was also fascinated by the way alliances fell out in this version of history - very plausible given the events of How Few Remain, but i ...more
Jonathan Lee
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked after reading the previous novel, "How Few Remain", and knew I had to continue with this series. It didn't serve as a prequel, but added some context and familiarity that I appreciated. This book had me flipping page after page, and I burned through it in just about a week or so. The third-person multiple POV is a bit confusing, but once I got each character straight, I loved seeing so many different experiences and lives during the war. A really thought-provoking and interesting re ...more
Bryce
Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Turtledove is great at describing the endless tedium and frustration of war; he attacks it from all sides and perspectives, building a complete picture. If you're interested in the big and little picture of war and political events, this is great. If not, the reader bores quickly.
Leo B
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harry Turtledove’s The Great War: The American Front, is a fast paced alternate history novel focusing on World War One after a confederate victory in the United States Civil War. After the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke, The US sides with The German Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, and The Ottoman Empire. The CSA does the opposite, they join the Entente with The British Empire, French Empire, Russian Empire, and Serbia. Fierce fighting on the border of the CSA and USA ensues.

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Victor Vilchiz
i was expecting more based on what others say abut HT. My first issue with this book is that it is labeled to be the the first book in the series... turns out that it is actually the 2nd one and I am sure a lot of my confusion comes from the fact that he lays out his "alternative" reality in book 1. Anyhow... if I do pick up the 1st or 3rd book in the series it will be due to the fact that he has Pancho Villa running for president of the Confederacy.... so far fetched as Villa never had presiden ...more
Kathy
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cloud-library
I had some issues with this Turtledove, even though I've enjoyed some in the past. Almost too many characters and he jumps back and forth between them in little short vignettes. For most of the book I struggle to remember who and what was going on.

Besides that, it is interesting to imagine a world with a separate CSA and how things might have been. Based on the characters in the book and their stories, I think I'd want to live in Canada then!

Not for those offended by a look at racial discriminat
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Betty
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
We never hear whether Turtledove ever served in the military, but books like this make me feel as if he did. I keep seeing other conflicts as I read. The experiences on both sides of the war, both on the battlefield and trying to maintain family and peacetime work, gives a moving picture of what war does to everyone. This is what might have happened in America in the early 1900s if the Confederacy had won the Civil War.
George Flannary
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book but needs more about the rest of the world

The work just needed more on the rest of the war and not just the parts where the USA is involved. Very little is mentioned about the European western and eastern fronts. No mention of the Ottoman Empire being involved at all. It’s a great group of stories, some coming together in the end.
Samantha Artuso
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Emile Frijns
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was 17 and I remember absolutely loving it. While sorting some shelves at my parents' place, I stumbled upon this book again and am planning on reading it again.
Zak Kizer
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Though burdened with too many characters and a surprisingly narrow scope, American Front nonetheless offers more of Turtledove's fascinating premise and richly detailed world building.
eric quinn
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A part of the How few remain Alternate History world....really really good.
Nicholas Bobbitt
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this more. Ugh. Turtledove's writing can't support his idea, despite me liking the idea behind Timeline-191.
Ifan
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book unfortunately did not live up to the quality of the previous one. The pacing felt a bit off - Turtledove could have spent more time setting the scene up for the war, in my opinion.
Everett
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good follow up to How Few Remain. Turtledove is a master at alternative history.
Chen-song Qin
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the TL-191 series and the first in the American Front trilogy.

The world of "How Few Remain" is now experiencing its equivalent of World War I. The tensions in Europe played out in the same way as in our world, and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Serbia triggered war on an unprecedented scale. However, in North America things are completely different. The fourth member of the Quadruple Entente, the Confederate States of America (the other three being England,
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Reza Amiri Praramadhan
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-ebooks
More fictional than historical compared with the first book in the Southern Victory series, reading this novel is like following sets of characters in a circular manner, with all of them in different kind of backgrounds and situations. Since this is the first of the series don't expect too much heat from this book. Probably going to continue with the next in line later.
Cleverusername2
Alternate history novels based on a Confederate victory in the Civil War are not new, in fact Harry Turtledove has stated that his inspiration this Great War series came from a magazine article written by MacKinlay Kantor. What sets The Great War: American Front apart is its scope.

Half the fun of alternate history fiction is the intellectual exercise of wondering how life would be different if something in the past has changed. Here, in light of the CSA victory related in the previous novel, "H
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David
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of alternate history
Shelves: 2011
This is the first book of Harry Turtledove's Great War (alternate WWI) trilogy, and second book overall in what is known as the "Southern Victory" series. This book follows "How Few Remains", which introduces an alternate 1880s where due to one single small changed event, the Confederacy was able to force the Union's hand early in the Civil War, found allies with England and France (and consequently, Canada) and formed a divided America. The CSA's desire to purchase Pacific Mexican states caused ...more
Wayne
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any history buff
Recommended to Wayne by: Chris Dear
Shelves: fiction
This is a continuation of Harry Turtledove's book How Few Remain. The Confederacy won the Civil war and the Second Mexican War. It is now 1914, Archduke Ferdinand has been assasinated. The great countries of Europe explode into war and the USA and CSA line up with their allies. The USA with Germany and the CSA with Britain, France, Russia, and Canada. The war quickly bogs down into trench warfare and vast casualties on both sides. The USA, like Germany, has two fronts, one with the CSA and one ...more
Kb
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
American Front picks up about 20 years after How Few Remain leaves off. Certain characters have since died but continue to influence plot development. Other characters have grown and taken on greater importance. This novel has less to do with the geopolitical side of war as it does the personal. The focus shifts between about 6 or 7 different perspectives, from a farmer in Manitoba to a US soldier on the Virginia front to a young, wealthy woman who owns a plantation outside of Charleston, SC, a ...more
Gary Letham
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book two of The Southern Victory series jumps from the Second Mexican War of 1881/82 to 1914. The United States are now officially allied with Germany as the Great War breaks out. They have enemies on two fronts, Canada to the north and the CSA to the south. The USA is this time prepared with equipment, men and strategy. Unlike the first book the story is told from the point of view of ordinary participants rather than the famous ones previously. Turtledove not only covers the military aspects, ...more
Chris
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
It was a decent concept and the plot was interesting, but at the end of the day, meh.

It's an alternative history. The idea is the South wins the Civil War because McClellan never gets his little tidbit of Lee's plans at Antietam. Britain and France end up allies of the CSA, which means the US goes ally shopping and lands as part of the German/Austro-Hungarian alliance. That's all decently plausible.

The trouble is the format. The point of view jumps around about 20 different people, none of whom
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Sean Mcculloch
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to "How Few Remain", and unilke that book, it shows the point of views of regular people (instead of famous ones like Abe Lincoln) are dealing with the events in the book. Famous people are still around (Woodrow Wilson is president of the South, Teddy Roosevelt in the north), but you see them from an external perspective. I kind of liked that- it made it a little easier to suspend my disbelief- I don't have to ask myself questions like "Would Lincoln really be thinking that wa ...more
The other John
Nov 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
There are plenty alternate history tales based on the South winning the Civil War. The ones I have read usually deal with thus and such battle or focus on the war itself. This book, however, looks at what might have happened fifty years later. The year is 1914. Archduke Ferdinand has been assassinated in Sarajevo, and the nations of Europe are busy declaring war on each other. The Confederate States of America honors it's alliance with England and France and declares war on the Central Powers. U ...more
DaveHalligan
This is the second part of Harry Turtledove’s ‘Timeline-191’ series. Following The USA’s defeat at the hands of the Confederacy, Britain and France in the Second Mexican War in ‘How Few Remain’ the United States allies with Germany. Meanwhile the Confederacy continues its good relations with Britain and France. As such, when World War 1 breaks out the United States, under President Theodore Roosevelt, and the Confederacy, under President Woodrow Wilson are once again at war. The book is filled w ...more
Oleksiy Kononov
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to How Few Remain. Summer 1914, hostilities between the US and CSA continue, Europe breaks into WWI. The US, being in alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary, has to declare war on the CSA and Canada, an American war theater has been open.
A remarkable masterpiece of alternate history. Turtledove used a lot real WWI details by simply shifting them to North America. Gas attacks, seize fire during Xmas 1914, non-stop development of new airplanes, war gear... My only criticism is in the dev
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Chris
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've always mulled over these ideas of alternate histories. What would have happened if Pickett never charged? What if Napoleon didn't fall for Waterloo? What if Hitler never got syphilis and had all of his mental faculties, or was even awake, on D-Day?

This book was a great and fun read not only to see what WWI would've been like in North America, but what America with a threatening border enemy would be like in the 1900's. The variety of stories following along in it also reminded me quite a bi
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Ross
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a review of the whole "Great War" Trilogy.

Harry Turtledove, often billed as the "Master of alternate history," delivers a comprehensive and engaging version of WWI in which the Civil War was won by the CSA, and the USA sides with Germany.

His in-the-trenches perspective of the major changes in how wars were fought is dramatic and accurate. From the introduction of chemical warfare, airplanes, tanks, and submarines to the rise of communism, the evolution of espionage, and the dramatic chan
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