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Bombs Away (Hardcover) (Harry Turtledove)

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In his acclaimed novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove has scrutinized the twisted soul of the twentieth century, from the forces that set World War I in motion to the rise of fascism in the decades that followed. Now, this masterly storyteller turns his eyes to the aftermath of World War II and asks: In an era of nuclear posturing, what if the Cold War had suddenly turned hot?Bombs Away begins with President Harry Truman in desperate consultation with General Douglas MacArthur, whose control of the ground war in Korea has slipped disastrously away. MacArthur recognizes a stark reality: The U.S. military has been cut to the bone after victory over the ******—while China and the USSR have built up their forces. The only way to stop the Communist surge into the Korean Peninsula and save thousands of American lives is through a nuclear attack. MacArthur advocates a strike on Chinese targets in Manchuria. In actual history, Truman rejected his general’s advice; here, he does not. The miscalculation turns into a disaster when Truman fails to foresee Russia’s reaction.Almost instantly, Stalin strikes U.S. allies in Europe and Great Britain. As the shock waves settle, the two superpowers are caught in a horrifying face-off. Will they attack each other directly with nuclear weapons? What countries will be caught in between?The fateful global drama plays out through the experiences of ordinary people—from a British barmaid to a Ukrainian war veteran to a desperate American soldier alone behind enemy lines in Korea. For them, as well as Truman, Mao, and Stalin, the whole world has become a battleground. Strategic strikes lead to massive movements of ground troops. Cities are destroyed, economies ravaged. And on a planet under siege, the sounds and sights of nuclear bombs become a grim harbinger of a new reality: the struggle to survive man’s greatest madness.Praise for Harry Turtledove“Turtledove is the standard-bearer for alternate history.”USA TodayLast Orders“All quite plausible . . . Turtledove’s focus on the characters serves to fill out the big picture with patient, nitty-gritty detail. . . . Armchair warriors will have much to ponder.”—Kirkus ReviewsTwo Fronts“A you-are-there chronicle of battle on land and sea and in the air.”Tor.comCoup d’Etat“This is what alternative history is all about.”Historical Novel SocietyThe Big Switch“The Hugo Award winner continues to delight in exploring the world of ‘what if?’ ”Library Journal
Number of Pages: 432
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: War + Military
Series Title: The Hot War
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Harry Turtledove
Language: English
Street Date: July 14, 2015
TCIN: 17175204
UPC: 9780553390704
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-8759
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