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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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For State and Country: A Novella of Alternate History

By Mark Ciccone

Released: 2016-03-10
Kindle Edition (65 pages)

For State and Country: A Novella of Alternate History
 
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In the spring of 1861, the bombardment of Fort Sumter might have ended with the garrison's rapid surrender, and their dignified return to the North. Instead, the fort was laid completely waste when its armory was struck, with the loss of every man, provoking a storm of vengeful anger across the North--and prompting some moderate Southerners to view the Secessionist cause, and the threat of civil war, with greater concern and alarm.

Among their number is a U.S. Army Colonel, Robert E. Lee. Scion of one of Virginia's most powerful and respected families, he has spent his entire adult life in the uniform of the United States, and risen high in every respect. Yet he also holds a deep and abiding devotion to the South and his home state, far deeper than any other, save for his own family.

Now, with Sumter in ruins, and Virginia teetering between loyalty and secession, Lee must make his choice. To him, secession poses great danger and potential destruction to the entire nation--a danger that will be brought to his own home, should Virginia choose this course. But if his home state leaves the Union he has served for so long, can he continue his service to that Union? And if he can, will he be forced to lead armies against his birthplace, thus branding himself a traitor across the South? What will be the consequences--for himself, and the country...North and South?

THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT: The Alternate History Novel of the Battleship TIRPITZ and Convoy PQ17. (The Malta Fulcrum WW2 Alternate History Series)

By Scott Ward

Independently published
Paperback (449 pages)

THE KNIGHT S GAMBIT: The Alternate History Novel of the Battleship TIRPITZ and Convoy PQ17. (The Malta Fulcrum WW2 Alternate History Series)
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"THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT" is the alternate history novel of the German battleship Tirpitz, Allied convoy PQ17 and the Battle of Bear Island. In Book 1 of the Malta Fulcrum Alternate History Series, "OPERATION HERKULES", the Axis powers have seized the Mediterranean island of Malta in a daring airborne operation, mauling the British Royal Navy in the process. With his supply lines secured, Field Marshall Rommel and his famed Afrika Korp set their sights on Cairo and the Suez Canal in Egypt. Now the western Allies are determined to avenge the Malta defeat and recapture the strategic initiative by delivering desperately needed Lend-Lease supplies to the Soviet Union with convoy PQ17. The Germans are just as determined to stop them. Tirpitz sails to destroy the convoy. But the Allied battleships HMS Duke of York and USS Washington have set a trap for Tirpitz, and the men and ships of PQ17 are the bait! The chessboard is set for the largest fleet action of the European war!

When We Lost: An Alternate History Novella

By Thomas. A Freeman

Released: 2017-04-02
Kindle Edition (88 pages)

When We Lost: An Alternate History Novella
 
Product Description:
When We Lost, an alternate history novella, follows survivors of the German Bombing of New York in 1945, as they try to live life in a hostile Manhattan.

Axis forces occupy the major cities along the American east coast. Allied forces gather to strike back, but where?

Jack, a baker, leads his small band of survivors through the streets and tunnels of midtown Manhattan as they search for food, friendly faces, and a way to fight back.

Who will they find when they finally make their way above ground?

REICH: An Alternate History Novella

By Drew Avera

AREVA Publishing
Released: 2014-01-19
Kindle Edition (128 pages)

REICH: An Alternate History Novella
 
Product Description:
What if history is a lie? What if that lie threatened to destroy the world?


More than one hundred years in the future, Germany is a utopian state. Beyond the outer walls is a wasteland, the ruins left as a reminder of a hideous war in human history. Adolf Hitler gave his life for Germany’s bright future, but it isn’t the future he expected. There is a veil covering the eyes of German citizens and once lifted it will spark a deadly revolution that could destroy the world.


Reich is an alternate history novella, one that questions the intentions of those in power and what can be done to stop them.

A Prophet Without Honor: A Novel of Alternative History

By Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Released: 2017-06-12
Kindle Edition (604 pages)

A Prophet Without Honor: A Novel of Alternative History
 
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‘A Prophet Without Honor’ is that rare novel that provides a rich, entertaining and fully immersive reading experience, along with a resonant, thought-provoking subtext. Written in epistolary style and populated with interesting, fully-realized characters, the multi-general narrative is a seamless blend of authentic fact and sound speculation. The plot focuses on the one great, unrealized opportunity of the Twentieth Century.

In 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.

The story 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 is a celebration of ordinary integrity and the enduring power of simple good will - even in times when honesty is the most dangerous virtue of all and the effects of good will seem lost in obscurity.

Dillinger in Charleston: A Novella of Alternate History

By Mark Ciccone

Mark Ciccone
Released: 2015-10-05
Kindle Edition (50 pages)

Dillinger in Charleston: A Novella of Alternate History
 
Product Description:
May, 1946. The Second World War has ended in Europe and the Pacific. The Soviets have overrun all of Europe to the Rhine and the Alps, and the US has finally crushed the last Japanese field army in the Home Islands. The old European colonial empires are steadily fragmenting, and the postwar world is slowly taking shape, with three major powers coming to the fore: The United States of America, the Soviet Union…and the Confederate States of America.

Since the Southern victory at Gettysburg in 1863, North and South have been divided, often clashing as they expand their borders and influence. The Confederacy has absorbed Mexico and Cuba, and established puppet regimes throughout the Caribbean and Central America. The United States has annexed Alaska and Hawaii, and drawn British Canada firmly into its orbit. For eighty years and more, both nations have feuded over border territories, ideology and power, each shying away from a major conflict at the last moment. Now, with the largest war in history over all around the world, these two powers are again jostling for position, seizing whatever resources that will grant them the greatest advantage.

FBI Agent John Dillinger has seen plenty of what these intrigues have wrought--death, betrayal, cruelties of all kinds. He fights against them in the field every day, well aware of how little his efforts truly matter in the overall stalemate between North and South. Then, one day, he is chosen for a special assignment with the OSS, one that may put an end to a major source for the bubbling resistance he has dealt with over his 20-year career. But what is the true goal of his mission? And who can he really trust in the world of secrets he is now stepping into?

The United States Of Vinland: The Landing (The Markland Settlement Saga Book 1)

By Colin Taber

Thought Stream Creative Services
Released: 2013-03-08
Kindle Edition (306 pages)

The United States Of Vinland: The Landing (The Markland Settlement Saga Book 1)
 
Product Description:
What if?

What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed?

Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin?

Might the Norse have gone on to build a nation as dominant as the United States of our own world?

A thousand years after reaching Greenland, Vinland and Markland, would we still have had two world wars? What might the world look like? Where might the political and religious divides be drawn?

Welcome to Norse America.

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At the turn of the first millennium:

Eskil, orphaned in war, but now a man, is leading his followers to found a settlement dedicated to Asgard’s gods in the newly discovered lands in the west. There, after tests, adventures and challenges, he will leave a legacy that will grow to become the strongest nation the world has ever seen.

The Landing is the first book in The United States of Vinland series and is an alternate history that begins the saga with the establishment of the first Markland halls.

Join us as we rewrite 1000 years of history.

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The Markland Settlement Trilogy (including separately published short stories) reading order:

The United States Of Vinland (USV#1): The Landing
A Short Tale From Norse America (ASTFNA#1): Young Ravens & Hidden Blades
The United States Of Vinland (USV#2): Red Winter
A Short Tale From Norse America (ASTFNA#2): Old Gods (written with permission by L.E. Sheppard)
The United States Of Vinland (USV#3): Loki's Rage (2015)

Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War

By Newt Gingrich

Thomas Dunne Books
Hardcover (463 pages)

Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War
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The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world of the ancient Greeks. Within the story of our Iliad one battle stands forth above all others: Gettysburg.
 
Millions visit Gettysburg each year to walk the fields and hills where Joshua Chamberlain made his legendary stand and Pickett went down to a defeat which doomed a nation, but in defeat forever became a symbol of the heroic Lost Cause. As the years passed, and the scars healed, the debate, rather than drifting away has intensified. It is the battle which has become the great "what if," of American history and the center of a dreamscape where Confederate banners finally do crown the heights above the town.
 
The year is 1863, and General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that would end the brutal conflict. But Lee's Gettysburg campaign ended in failure, ultimately deciding the outcome of the war.
 
Launching his men into a vast sweeping operation, of which the town of Gettysburg is but one small part of the plan, General Lee, acting as he did at Chancellorsville, Second Manassas, and Antietam, displays the audacity of old. He knows he has but one more good chance to gain ultimate victory, for after two years of war the relentless power of an industrialized north is wearing the South down. Lee's lieutenants and the men in the ranks, embued with this renewed spirit of the offensive embark on the Gettysburg Campaign that many dream "should have been." The soldiers in the line, Yank and Reb, knew as well that this would be the great challenge, the decisive moment that would decided whether a nation would die, or be created, and both sides were ready, willing to lay down their lives for their Cause.
 
An action-packed and painstakingly researched masterwork by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen, Gettysburg stands as the first book in a series to tell the story of how history could have unfolded, how a victory for Lee would have changed the destiny of the nation forever. In the great tradition of The Killer Angels and Jeff Shaara's bestselling Civil War trilogy, this is a novel of true heroism and glory in America's most trying hour.

Days of Infamy: A Novel of Alternate History

By Harry Turtledove

Novels New American Library
Released: 2004-11-02
Hardcover (448 pages)

Days of Infamy: A Novel of Alternate History
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It is December 7, 1941, and the Japanese launch an attack against United States naval forces stationed in Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese follow up their air assault with an invasion and occupation of Hawaii. With American military forces subjugated and civilians living in fear of their conquerors, there is no one to stop the Japanese from using the islands' resources to launch an offensive against America's western coast.

From the Ashes: An Alternate History Novel

By Sandra Saidak

Uffington Horse Press
Released: 2015-07-13
Kindle Edition (338 pages)

From the Ashes: An Alternate History Novel
 
Product Description:
In a dramatic departure from her popular prehistoric fiction, Sandra Saidak now offers up her first alternate history novel.

Two generations after Germany won World War II, a lonely college student named Adolf Goebbels wanders into a dusty museum and discovers books and artifacts of a dead race called “Jews”. Although a member of the Nazi elite, Adolf resents the oppression, fear, and isolation that are part of daily life in the Aryan “paradise” his grandparents helped build.

As he reads the forgotten books, and meets the outcasts who gather at the museum, Adolf discovers a purpose he has long been searching for—and danger he has never imagined.

Based on real-life Nazi plans for museums of dead races, this sprawling alternate history novel takes the reader from decadent Berlin, the capital of the Nazi world empire, across the conquered nations of Europe to uncover the startling secrets at the heart of the worldwide Reich.

Fans of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle and Robert Harris’ Fatherland will want to read this new voice in alternate history.




   

 
 
 
 

 
 
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