The Big Switch (War That Came Early Series #3)

The Big Switch (War That Came Early Series #3)

by Harry Turtledove
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The Big Switch (War That Came Early Series #3) by Harry Turtledove

In 1941 Winston Churchill was Hitler’s worst enemy. Then a Nazi secret agent changed everything.
 
What if Neville Chamberlain, instead of appeasing Hitler, had stood up to him in 1938? Enraged, Hitler reacts by lashing out at the West, promising his soldiers that they will reach Paris by the new year. Instead, three years pass, and with his genocidal apparatus not fully in place, Hitler barely survives a coup, while Jews cling to survival, and England and France wonder whether the war is still worthwhile. The stage is set for World War II to unfold far differently from the history we know—courtesy of Harry Turtledove, wizard of “what if?,” in the continuation of his thrilling series: The War That Came Early.
 
Through the eyes of characters ranging from a brawling American serving with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain to a woman who has seen Hitler’s evil face-to-face, The Big Switch rolls relentlessly forward into 1941. As the Germans and their Polish allies slam into the gut of the Soviet Union in the west, Japan pummels away in the east. Meanwhile, in the trenches of France, French and Czech forces are outmanned but not outfought by their Nazi enemy. Then the stalemate is shattered. In England Winston Churchill dies suddenly, leaving the gray men wondering who their real enemy is. And as the USSR makes peace with Japan, the empire of the Rising Sun looks westward—its war with America about to begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345491862
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Series: War That Came Early Series , #3
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the War That Came Early novels: West and East and Hitler’s War; the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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The Big Switch (War That Came Early Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1938 Great Britain Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain rejects Fuhrer Adolf Hitler's claim to annexing more land. Irate, the raging Hitler sends his troops west vowing Paris will burn before the year ends. By 1941 Germany and their ally Poland pound the Soviet Union from the west and Japan from the east. On the western front trench warfare reminiscent of WWI but nastier is devastating the French countryside. Spain is engulfed in a nasty civil war with the American Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the fight against the Fascists. Americans are divided over entering the war though support they the allies. However, people like Peggy Druce try to get her country to fight the Nazis over there as she insists they will one day cross the Atlantic to fight us here. At the same time as Hitler works on his Final Solution and survives a coup, pacifists in France and Britain make their voices heard. Japan and the Soviet Union sign an armistice while the former attacks American Pacific territories following up on their brutal success in China. Winston Churchill suddenly dies bringing despair to his side and euphoria to the Nazis. The latest in The War That Came Early WWII alternate history (see Hitler's War and West and East) has another pivotal event occur with the death of the rallying cry for Britain. The death of the face of the allies has devastated the morale more so than Hitler's war machine as France and Great Britain wonder if the cost is worth the fight while the Axis has issues too. Although with so much to cover around the globe, the deep story line at times slows down; Harry Turtledove continues his path of altering key events in his insightful revision of the Great War. Harriet Klausner
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this series thus far. It has a similar feel to the Great War and Settling Accounts series. The book visits a large number of view point characters and then it visits them all again after time passes. It's a rhythm that works well and yet quite a bit seems quite familiar if you've read other Turtledove multi-volume war tales.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Episodic, like chapters of a book lots of characters, hard to keep track. Have to read a number of his books to make sense &keep up.
Panoply More than 1 year ago
It's no spoiler to say that France and Great Britain (with Chamberlain at the helm) make peace with Hitler's Germany. They do this after some time of fighting after a German attack on the Low Countries and France bogs down in the latters territory. This does not stretch the realm of the possible much at all. What does, however, is that they not only conclude peace but recognize Germany's sovereignty over the Low Coutries and Denmark and actually declare war on the USSR and send 4 divisions each to fight the Russians alongside Germany. That is a bit much to swallow. Otherwise, a good book. Classic Turtledove.
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