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North America established by the British leave their homes and settle in what becomes the United States of Mexico From then on the two continental nations find themselves constant rivals Want of a MOBI #183 locked in military political and economic conflict Sobel provides a detailed intricately documented insight into two warring powers that develop in such dramatically different ways from their shared origins This is a book I truly hope to read someday Robert Sobel s For Want of a Nail is apparently considered one of the godfathers of the alternate history genreFor science fiction fans also it is perhaps an ideal example of a butterfly effect novel with a richly detailed alternate world flowing from the crucible momentHowever from what I gather it s a book which reuires the reader to have than a passing knowledge of the history of the American Revolution And that s why I ve been hesitating to read itWith this alternate history novel Sobel examines a what if scenario What if British General John Burgoyne s invasion army actually prevails over the American counterforce at Saratoga New York in Sep Oct 1777 leading to the collapse of the American independence movementFrom that point the novel loosely follows the diaspora of American independence leaders and it outlines what the North American continent might have looked like in the wake of an American defeat It is a very different North America from that which we are familiarIt s an absolutely fascinating scenario and a great idea for a book even though it s clearly not mainstream stuff Sobel writes this exactly like a history book replete with detailed footnotes of fictional source material There s even a postscript in which a fictional peer reviewer from the novel s alternate history critiues Sobel s workAs an exercise in putting together an alternate history written with scholarly structure there are probably very few peers to this book if any Accordingly I expect this will be very dry and daunting like a real history book as Sobel meant it to beAt this point I know I m not ready to tackle this book until I read at least one good account of the Battle of Saratoga and its aftermath so I can know exactly where Sobel s novel diverges from the historical record and takes flight I think a general understanding of America s transformation in the 19th century would also be beneficial then I could follow the continuing divergence into the 19th and 20th centuries Without it I expect the divergence will appear increasingly muddled and confusing and ultimately unsatisfyingIt is a groundbreaking novel and I m proud to have a copy for my eventual reading but I know it is not a novel for the casual reader of history I suspect it would be a serious challenge to the average reader of alternate fiction too I wish there were authors brave enough to write books like this

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For Want of a Nail If Burgoyne had won at Saratoga Greenhill Military Paperback

For Want of a eBook #10003 of a Nail is an alternate history classic The outcome of one battle in the American Revolution diverges from reality and sparks an unstoppable chain of events which affects the history of the whole North American continent In reality the British general John Burgoyne heavily outnumbered by American troops surrendered his army to General Horatio Gates at the Battle of Saratoga in a majo This is the best alternative history I have ever read Its like a textbook for a different time line Very creative and plauable

review For Want of a Nail If Burgoyne had won at Saratoga Greenhill Military Paperback

R turning point of the Revolution Robert Sobel takes a step For Want PDF sideways and presents the alternative version reinforcements arrive at Saratoga Gates' men flee and Burgoyne Want of a Nail If MOBI #224 is victorious Rather than openly allying itself with the American rebels France withdraws its support as does Spain and the colonies surrender Those former rebels who refuse to live in the Confederation of A fascinating book I had to remind myself that this was a work that ended in 1971 on several occasions this was mainly to come to terms with my disappointment that conclusions were already being referred to in the 1950s of this book s timelineStill I enjoyed it It s a slog to get through because it rewards attention to detail but the effort is worth it All in all it s a great premise executed brilliantly


10 thoughts on “For Want of a Nail If Burgoyne had won at Saratoga Greenhill Military Paperback

  1. says:

    The concept of this book is staggering I've read many alternate histories and they are basically novels where history takes a different line but the same people appear and event are similar This alternate history is rather a history than a novel It is written as a classic survey history The premise is that Burgoy

  2. says:

    For Want of a Nail is a singular work in published alternate history Unlike the masses of fictional works set in alternate worlds and the occasional description of an alternate history for the purposes of overt what if uestions and roleplaying sourcebooks its format is of a nonfiction book from an alternate world Specifically a history book

  3. says:

    This is the best alternative history I have ever read Its like a textbook for a different time line Very creative and plauable

  4. says:

    A fascinating book I had to remind myself that this was a work that ended in 1971 on several occasions this was mainly to come to terms with my disappointment that conclusions were already being referred to in the 1950s of this book's timelineS

  5. says:

    Most in fact all the ones I can think of off the top of my head alternate history books are novels; This book instead reads

  6. says:

    It's hard to decide whether to give this book four or five stars I think it is sort of a flawed masterpiece It's a history of North America from the middle of the 18th century to the then present day 1971 but from an alternate timeline where the American Revolution failed It details the history of the two major nations North America eventually spawned from this point of divergence in the form of a relatively dry popular

  7. says:

    I am not even halfway through For Want of a Nail and already I have decided that the book is the best alternative history I have read by far I finished 1776 by David McCullough and could not help but wondering what if The success of the American Revolution was just a close run thing It could so easily have turned out differently It should have turned out differently So I decided to finally take For Want of a Nail off my shelf I have not

  8. says:

    This is a book I truly hope to read someday Robert Sobel's For Want of a Nail is apparently considered one of the godfathers of the alternate h

  9. says:

    Over the past few decades alternate history has emerged as an increasingly popular sub genre of science fiction Through it an ever growing number of authors and fans have postulated the different turns that history might have taken o

  10. says:

    The book that basically kick started the modern alternate history movement and by a business economist no less which is probably why he has a big corporation end up with the A bomb This thing is really well rese

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