Hitler Triumphant (Paperback)
Alternate Histories of World War II
'Hitler Triumphant is a thoughtful, well-edited and very well-chosen selection of essays . . . Tsouras has assembled an A-Team of well-known historians and military analysts who have given a great deal of thought to the various turning points of World War II' - Midwest Book Review
What if Winston Churchill's plane had been shot down and Halifax had become Prime Minister? Or if Goering had taken power after a successful assassination of Hitler? Or if Italy had not joined the Third Reich and the Axis?
Other scenarios in this volume include the fall of Malta in 1942, a successful Stalingrad breakout and a disastrous attempt to open a second front on the Cherbourg peninsular in 1943.
Based on a series of fascinating 'what ifs' posed by leading military historians, this compelling collection of alternate history essays rewrites the moments in World War II that could conceivably have altered the entire course of the war and led to a German victory.
Based on real battles, actions and characters, each scenario has been carefully constructed to reveal how different decisions or minor incidents could have set in motion an entirely new train of events, altering history forever.
Contributors include John Prados, editor of The White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the President: David Isby, editor of Fighting the Invasion and The Luftwaffe Fighter Force: and Nigel Jones, author of The War Walk and Rupert Brooke, Life, Death and Myth.
These types of books can sometimes be a bit hit or miss, this one in my opinion is a hit. I would say mainly because the selection of essays is put together by some very good people, so when you look at some of the chapters, they make you think about their scenario. But of course, if they are putting forward something plausible, it makes you think. In some books, you don’t really know the author and some of the scenarios can seem out there because you don’t know who the writer is. Now I will admit I usually don’t read these books, but I really enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it to others, don’t be like me and be a bit more open-minded.UK Historian
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An alternative history - albeit a chilling one, of the possible outcomes of the second world war had Hitler triumphed and not died an ignominious death. Absolutely fascinating, and quite scary.Books Monthly
I am usually a bit wary about alternative histories, but this book is excellent, and the stories are very plausible; one actually brought an ironic smile to my face when I realised who the author was writing about, just in the last sentence, very neatly done and enjoyable, going from a ‘you can’t really be serious about this’ to ‘yes, OK, I see it now’. Just as a good story should. The writing is good and easy for even the most lay person to follow with ease. Obviously, I won’t know how you would receive this but several of these stories did actually leaved me thinking – well, what if…….!Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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The author has perfected the art of presenting counterfactual history and this book is as readable as his previous books. It skilfully combines truth with imagination and highlights those moments when things might have turned out differently. Much of it hangs on the actions of individuals who might have acted differently and it allows the reader to ponder “what if”, which of course is the point. Having read the list of the author’s previous work I must get a copy of his alternative history of Gettysburg!Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide