The War That Came Early

The Big Switch
The War That Came Early: The Big Switch. Del Rey: Ballantine. Jul. 2011. c.432p. ISBN 9780345491862. $27. FANTASY
Turtledove's latest foray into alternate history is based on the premise that Chamberlain did not appease Hitler in 1938 and that World War II was thus launched a year early, before many of the Third Reich's superstructures were in place. As the war progresses slowly, the sudden death of a key player changes the game, and suddenly no one is certain where the lines of loyalty are drawn. The Hugo Award winner continues to delight in exploring the world of "what if?" as he tackles a formidable subject in the third entry in his World War II series (after Hitler's War and West and East).
VERDICT The author's fans should enjoy this further permutation of world history, even while wondering how many "new" ways to tell a familiar story remain. [Library marketing.]
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