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Welcome to Alternate History Books, the site about alternate history and counterfactuals.

Ever wanted to know what might have happened if history had turned out differently? On this web site, we review books about alternate history - events that might have been that weren't.
  • Some of the books contain serious historical studies of what might have been if leaders of the past had made different decisions or luck had not influenced historical events in a particular way.

  • Other books that we look at, include novels or short stories - sometimes these books involve realistic changes to history that could have happened, but didn't - whereas in other cases, they involve fantastic elements such as time travel or travel between parallel worlds, dinosaurs or even or vampires.
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A Damned Fine War: A Novel of Alternate History

By Bill Yenne

AGS BookWorks (A division of American Graphic Systems)
Released: 2018-12-20
Kindle Edition (452 pages)

A Damned Fine War: A Novel of Alternate History
 
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May 1945: Having defeated Hitler, Josef Stalin sets out to conquer the world with his mighty Red Army. One man stands in his way: General George S. Patton, Jr.

A young journalist finds herself face-to-face with a sinister conspiracy to ignite World War III in the ashes of World War II. A young GI finds himself face-to-face with the unthinkable. They are suddenly caught up in a sweeping drama with global implications

Writes Charles M. Province of the General George S. Patton, Jr. Historical Society, “A Damned Fine War is A Damned Fine Book! Patton did, indeed, have the intelligence, ability, and capacity for five-star rank.”

Editorial Reviews:

Bill Yenne’s A Damned Fine War is an action-packed, Patton-size novel. This book, a classic battle between good and evil played out on an international stage, is fast moving and entertaining. Any person interested in history will be properly moved by the what-if scenarios involving victorious armies and men of history. A great read. I highly recommend it!
—Brian Sobel, Author of The Fighting Pattons


I have always enjoyed counterfactual histories, but good ones are more than just entertainment. Alternative histories can make us think about what might have happened if things had turned out a little differently, and what the consequences would have been. Bill Yenne’s A Damned Fine War succeeds triumphantly on both accounts. It is an excellent read, and offers us some sobering “might have beens.”
— Gary Sheffield, Professor of War Studies, University of Birmingham (UK)

Rommel’s Game: Victory at El Alamein & Towards the Caucasus: An Alternate History Novel from the Eyes of a German War Correspondent

By Claude Stahl

Independently published
Paperback (105 pages)

Rommel’s Game: Victory at El Alamein & Towards the Caucasus: An Alternate History Novel from the Eyes of a German War Correspondent
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This exciting and thought provoking alternative history is observed through the eyes of a young German war correspondent. With Rommel at its heart, the book chronicles many details of German war culture and places, describing military and civilian affairs in Nazi Germany during and after the war. The setting is ten years after Germanys partial 1943 victory and its subsequent reconciliation with its former enemies when Joseph the German war correspondent, meets with Cliff his American counterpart and old friend to describe his own, first-hand, account of how the road to Germanys victory began with Rommel and his success in North Africa.The book chronicles several real life battles in North Africa and the Mediterranean and the Desert Fox’s subsequent push north, towards the Russian Caucasus. It also provides a unique insight into life in Germany beyond the victory parade, including a personal invitation from Dr. Goebbels and details of a murderous plot against the Führer, the plot that prevented Rommel to play the ultimate role and one that would change the Third Reich forever. Rommel's Game: Victory at Al Alamein and Towards the Caucasus is an exciting fantasy novel that offers a compelling alternative history, whilst maintaining the important facts. World War II enthusiasts will be mesmerized at what could have been diving into Rommel's campaign in North Africa, Malta, Syria and Russia, and his critical role in forever changing the course of world history.ChaptersOktoberfestRommel's Farewell PresentFirst DeploymentLanding in TripoliA Grubby CinemaReunion in the Café KranzlerEl AlameinCrossing the NileVictory ParadeAn invitation to Dr. GoebbelsThe great German Art ExhibitionOperation HerkulesSyria - We Take Their OilTowards the CaucasusSmolensk succeeds

A Prophet Without Honor: A Novel of Alternative History

By Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Independently published
Paperback (423 pages)

A Prophet Without Honor: A Novel of Alternative History
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n the first months of 1936, Adolf Hitler risked everything by ordering his untrained military to reoccupy the Rhineland. It was a bluff. The Germans would have been forced to retreat if the French or British had offered the slightest opposition. But the bluff succeeded. History changed decisively. Hitler quieted the opposition at home, and marched the world relentlessly on, to the edge of destruction and beyond. 'A Prophet Without Honor' examines that lost chance in detail. The result is a compelling story full of intrigue, danger, romance, and action, culminating in the reckoning that Hitler might have faced, had events taken a different course. It's a hugely entertaining story, written in epistolary style (though journal entries, letters, excerpts from biographies, etc.) with a richly textured sense of time and place. But, although I have labeled the novel an alternative history, for want of a better word, it is considerably more serious than mere 'what if' speculation. There is no fantasy in the book, no extended account of an alternative universe. Rather, I meant the book to celebrate what Wordsworth famously referred to as 'the little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love' - or, in this case, the nameless unremembered acts of honor and of heroism. It is possible that we never know or appreciate the greatest heroes among us, because the acts themselves swallow up the consequences, and the actors are forever lost in the shadows of history. In a profound sense, virtue is indeed its own reward, and in fact the only reward. The significance of those unknown and unknowable acts is the real subject of 'A Prophet Without Honor'.

The CSA Trilogy: An Alternate History/Historical Novel about Our Vast and Beautiful Confederate States of America -- A Happy Story in Three Parts of What Might Have Been -- 1861 to 2011

By Howard Ray White

Howard Ray White
Released: 2018-11-23
Kindle Edition (428 pages)

The CSA Trilogy: An Alternate History/Historical Novel about Our Vast and Beautiful Confederate States of America -- A Happy Story in Three Parts of What Might Have Been -- 1861 to 2011
 
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This alternate history/historical fiction novel, is presented as a trilogy: 150 years of the Confederate States of America, from its formation in early 1861, to the 2011 celebration of the sesquicentennial of what has become the Greatest Country on Earth. A trilogy, because it climaxes three times.
Part 1 -- This alternate history of years 1861 and 1862 differs remarkably from truthful history. Herein you learn how Confederates won recognition of their independence, accepted the North’s African Americans, and negotiated a boundary separating the two countries. Within the Confederacy were Indian Territory (what became Oklahoma), and land west of Texas, out to Southern California. The story then proceeds to Part 2.
Part 2 -- Our alternate history next explains how many more new States are subsequently added: Cuba, six States from the northern region of Mexico, Russian America (known to us as Alaska) and the Hawaiian Islands. All slaves are soon emancipated, embarking on happy, successful lives for them and future generations. These rapid events, remarkably consistent with truthful history of those regions and times, tantalize the reader concerning what might have been.
Part 3 –Confederates create a vibrant modern economy, accelerated by the immigration of men and families of remarkable talent, thereby facilitating a rapid industrial expansion -- accomplished without losing the cherished principle of State Sovereignty. When Japan attacks the State of Hawaii, Confederates are again drawn into war. They succeed in winning that one, too, and Asia is far different as a result. The story concludes with the heart-warming celebration of the Confederate Sesquicentennial at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Upon reviewing the manuscript, Dr. Clyde N. Wilson of South Carolina wrote: “The only word I can find for Howard Ray White’s Trilogy is “amazing.” There is not and never has been anything like it. What if the good and honorable leaders of the Confederate States of America had actually won their gallant bid for independence? What would the world be like today? White tells the story with vast imaginative power. This is a work for all lovers of the good things intrinsic to the South, and, as well all those today who are not happy with the way things have turned out.
”After reading the manuscript, Dr. Fred Moss of Alabama wrote: “In this fun and informative read, Howard Ray White turns his considerable writing skill to a unique combination of fiction and historical non-fiction composition. The fictional story of twelve impressive young people of diverse backgrounds coming together for a special four-week-long seminar provides the framework that carries the story-line. Excellent clarifying footnotes help, less fiction be confused with non-fiction. There are three stories of the twelve on weekend adventures with physical dangers, rescues, and a budding romance. Something for everyone! I highly recommend this most impressive, informative, and enjoyable work, which offers a new model for alternate histories of the American Civil War and what followed afterward.”
After reviewing the manuscript, Bertil Haggman, LLM, of Sweden wrote: “It is hard to stop reading the fascinating The CSA Trilogy, especially what happened internationally after the Confederate States successfully defended secession. Well researched, it will most likely be a bestseller.”
In closing, the author, Howard Ray White, wishes to ensure everyone that this is a happy story of a diverse population, living in a vast country, that is exceptionally congenial and proud of what they have, together, accomplished over the 150 years of their country's history. This is true for those descended from Europeans, from Africans, from Native Americans, from Asians and from mixtures, as well. Together, all have built the country and enjoyed the benefits that have resulted from their efforts and those of their ancestors..

Maid of Baikal: A Novel of the Russian Civil War

By Preston Fleming

PF Publishing
Released: 2017-10-15
Kindle Edition (645 pages)

Maid of Baikal: A Novel of the Russian Civil War
 
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As Russian Civil War Rages, An Unexpected Heroine Emerges

What if a Siberian Joan of Arc had rescued the White Armies at a critical point of the Russian Civil War in 1919?

In a quiet town near Siberia’s Lake Baikal, Zhanna Dorokhina turns eighteen as the Russian Civil War rages. She is a bright, headstrong girl, with normal hopes and dreams, but for years, she has heard inner voices. The voices tell her to be virtuous, study well, and nurture her faith, for a great task lies ahead.

˃˃˃ Prophetic Voices Foretell of Russia’s Doom

Lately, however, the voices have turned ominous, foretelling Russia’s doom if the White Armies fail to crush the Bolshevik usurpers in Moscow. They direct Zhanna to travel to Omsk to alert the Siberian dictator, Admiral Kolchak, and to seek command of an army to besiege Moscow.

When Zhanna informs her father, he thinks her mad. But a young American intelligence officer and his Russian counterpart help win her an audience with the Admiral, and the two young men become her wartime companions.

˃˃˃ In The Face Of Death, Will The Prophecies Be Fulfilled?

Though Zhanna and the American officer harbor tender feelings for one another, Zhanna must put those feelings aside, because her voices demand that she remain pure. During the coming months, Zhanna persists despite relentless opposition. Displaying remarkable charisma and military aptitude, she leads her army across vast expanses of untamed forest and steppe, where suffering, violence and treachery await at every turn. But over time, Zhanna’s obsession with victory arouses powerful enemies. Defying a ceasefire, Zhanna wins her greatest battle, only to ride into a Bolshevik ambush soon after. Held captive, she must endure a vengeful show trial and face the verdict alone, without knowing whether her prophecies will be fulfilled.

˃˃˃ “A Russian war story that lives and breathes from a writer at the peak of his powers.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

MAID OF BAIKAL is a richly imagined speculation on the Russian Civil War that vividly portrays its violence, bitterness, and hardship, while telling the inspirational story of a determined young woman who perseveres in the face of overwhelming obstacles and who dies for her beliefs, not knowing whether her dreams will be realized.

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The Two Gates: A Novel

By Ken Davenport

Released: 2017-10-01
Kindle Edition (284 pages)

The Two Gates: A Novel
 
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ONE OF HISTORY'S BIGGEST "WHAT IF" QUESTIONS IS FINALLY ANSWERED.

What if John F. Kennedy had lived?

It's January 1964. Political intrigue and infighting roils Washington in the wake of the assassination attempt in Dallas, and a wounded Kennedy returns to the White House to face a growing crisis in Vietnam that threatens America’s Cold War strategy. The president doesn’t trust the information he is getting from Saigon, where the military is engaged in a shadow operation to make things seem better than they really are.

So he turns to the one man he does trust: Lt. Colonel Patrick O’Shea. A decorated combat veteran of Korea, O’Shea has been plucked from obscurity to be Kennedy’s military advisor, and is tasked by the president to figure out what is really going on in Vietnam.

The knives come out as O’Shea grapples with myriad threats to himself and the president he serves. The Pentagon, the CIA, the Corsican Mafia and the Chicago Mob are all conspiring against him.

Fate has handed John F. Kennedy a new lease on life. How will he use this opportunity to deal with the divisive and destructive issue of Vietnam? Will he escalate the war or get out? Tens of thousands of lives hang in the balance!

The debut novel by Ken Davenport, The Two Gates is an exciting new addition to the military, presidential and alternative history tradition of W.E.B. Griffin, David Baldacci, Harry Turtledove and Philip Roth.

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***NEWS FLASH ALERT***

November 22, 1963

1:40 p.m. EST

United Press International

Dallas, Texas – Three shots were fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade. It is unclear at this hour if any member of the President’s motorcade was hurt in the shooting, though there are unconfirmed reports of injuries.

More information to follow as it becomes available.

CHAPTER ONE

The Robert F. Kennedy Residence

Hickory Hill, Virginia

1:55 p.m., November 22, 1963

I wish the damn telephone would stop ringing.

United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy was trying his best to ignore the phone. He was just finishing a working lunch with U.S. Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and was in the middle of an intense discussion on the Justice Department’s (so far failed) strategy to take down the New York mafia. It was an issue that the Attorney General cared deeply about and had staked much of his professional career on. It was no time for interruptions.

But whomever was calling was persistent, and the phone continued to ring with an urgent rhythm: Five rings and then a pause of precisely five seconds, followed by five more rings and another pause.

Finally, Kennedy gave in. “Can someone please answer the telephone?” he yelled.

Kennedy’s wife, who knew the phone was obviously for her husband, picked up the receiver. “Kennedy residence.”

A hiss followed by a metallic voice came on the line. “The Director is calling for the Attorney General. It’s urgent.”

Ethel Kennedy didn’t have to ask which director the operator was talking about. Holding out the receiver, she said, “Bobby, J. Edgar Hoover is calling.”

Bobby Kennedy instantly knew something was wrong. The Director of the F.B.I. and Bobby hated each other, and Hoover never called him at home.

Taking the phone from his wife he said, “This is the Attorney General.”

“Hold for the Director, please.” After a series of clicks, Hoover came on the line. “I have news for you,” Hoover said, his voice flat and without emotion. “The president’s been shot.”

“Oh my God!” Bobby blurted. He then paused to try and gather himself, wanting to be in control of his emotions in front of Hoover. “Is it serious?”

“I think it’s serious. I’m trying to get details. I’ll call you back when I know more.”

Hoover then abruptly disconnected the line...

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The Atlantropa Articles: A Novel

By Cody Franklin

Mango
Released: 2018-10-15
Paperback (200 pages)

The Atlantropa Articles: A Novel
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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Dystopian Alternate History: An ambitious feat of engineering and a continent in crisis


For fans of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle and Stephen King’s 11/22/63, comes an epic saga by YouTuber Cody Franklin (Alternate History Hub), with contributions from YouTuber Joseph Pisenti (Real Life Lore).

In an alternate timeline, World War II never takes place. Instead, a plan is put into effect by Hitler and the Nazi party to drain the Mediterranean Sea. They promise fertile land, millions of jobs and endless energy. New land to be settled. Living space for a crowded continent. All of Europe came together and signed a treaty to realize this new world, it was called ‘The Atlantropa Articles’

Nazism Survives in A New Europe: by promising to bring endless energy through hydro-electricity and employing millions to build the dams, fascism only cements itself as a mainstream ideology. Hitler is seen as a modern Napoleon, one of the greats for his time. Nazism never disappears.

The Reich Remains Eternal: Two millennia later, the Reich run the world. Aryans have become a race of their own, out numbering their neighbors and ruling with a messianic passion towards Hitler. Europe has been united under the banner of the swastika.

The Sea Is Gone, the Promise Failed: But the plan of a fertile lush land was never realized. The project took decades longer than anticipated. By the time it is completed, what they find is a salty barren world. Now the Mediterranean Sea is a desert basin known only as the Kiln. Southern Europe has been abandoned. This is where Ansel’s story begins. A story of discovery, lies and false prophets. The Atlantropa Articles is an astounding science fiction, alternate history tale that will thrill and transport readers with its detailed world and startling intimacy.

Machines Like Me: A Novel

By Ian McEwan

Nan A. Talese
Released: 2019-04-23
Hardcover (352 pages)

Machines Like Me: A Novel
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New from Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winner and international bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act

Machines Like Me takes place in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first synthetic humans and—with Miranda's help—he designs Adam's personality. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and clever. It isn't long before a love triangle soon forms, and these three beings confront a profound moral dilemma.
     In his subversive new novel, Ian McEwan asks whether a machine can understand the human heart—or whether we are the ones who lack understanding.

Athenian Steel (The Hellennium Book 1)

By P.K. Lentz

IronAge
Released: 2015-10-15
Kindle Edition (444 pages)

Athenian Steel (The Hellennium Book 1)
 
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Praise for Athenian Steel:
  • "It is the best book I have read in the last 15 years and easily makes it in my top 10 of all time (most of which are Hugo or Nebula award winners).
  • "I've read many F & SF books over the past 50 years. This is right among the best."
  • "...the characterization is flawless. The detail of the period, the actions and motivations are well captured... A grown up's book - and something to make a classicist think."

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A savage war is fated to drag on for a generation. One living weapon could change it all. But she is not easily wielded by any mortal man. Joined in tumultuous alliance, a Greek general and a renegade traveler in time seek to reshape an ancient world of blood and brutality. They will challenge each other, enemy armies, and Fate itself. Who or what will break first?

In 425 BCE, the Athenian general Demosthenes comes into possession of a weapon from the stars. He fears to wield it against his city's bitter enemy Sparta, but he knows that he must, lest it be wielded by others. He knows, too, that it seeks to wield and possess him, for this weapon is human, or something like it, and as complex as the wider universe from which she fell. She is Thalassia. She is doom and madness. She has come for reasons all her own, and she did not come alone.

ATHENIAN STEEL is bloody, twisted mayhem in the ancient world and Book I in an epic that will appeal to readers of Gene Wolfe, David Gemmell, David Drake, Harry Turtledove, & other classic SF/Fantasy authors of the 1970′s to 1990′s. Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, Simon Scarrow and similar will also find plenty to enjoy if they don't mind touches of cosmic SF, dark humor, and sex in their military historical fiction. Join Demosthenes and Thalassia as they blaze a trail of slaughter and ruin down the centuries in The Hellennium.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This series depicts the ancient world in a frank and explicit manner, including graphic scenes of sexuality and violence. Foul language abounds.

Wunderland: A Novel

By Jennifer Cody Epstein

Crown
Released: 2019-04-23
Kindle Edition (374 pages)

Wunderland: A Novel
 
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“Searing . . . a heartbreaking page-turner.”—People (Book of the Week)

An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist

 
East Village, 1989
Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war’s final months? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother’s letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew.

Berlin, 1933

As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege—and Ilse’s increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion. . . . 

An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong.

Praise for Wunderland

“The title of this searing account of life in Nazi Germany alludes to Alice’s Adventures—and the surreal feeling of watching what you thought was true exposed as false. . . . Inspired by the memoir of a Hitler Youth member, it’s a heartbreaking page-turner.”People (Book of the Week)

“[An] intimate, unflinching saga of friendship, womanhood, and the awful legacy of Nazi Germany.”USA Today

“Engrossing . . . Epstein reveals the devastating choices these women make.”Real Simple

Wunderland is both an engrossing family drama and a foray into a dark period of history . . . a wholly original angle to the WWII novel. You’ll read it in one shivered sitting.”Refinery29

“[A] heartbreaking historical tour de force . . . Man’s inhumanity to man—and the redemptive power of forgiveness—is on stark and effective display in Epstein’s gripping novel, a devastating tale bound for bestseller lists.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)




   

 
 
 
 

 
 
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