Home: Alternate History Books



Themes
 Anthologies
 Dinosaurs
 Dragons
 Military
 Native American
 Parallel Worlds
 Slavery
 Space
 Steampunk
 Time Travel
 Vampirism
 World Conquest



Eras
 Stone Age
 Bronze Age
 Roman
 Dark Ages
 Middle Ages
 American Revolution
 American Civil War
 Western
 British Empire
 World War I
 World War II
 Cold War / World War III
 Future



Glossary
 Alien Space Bats
 Alternate History
 Alternate Timeline
 Anachronisms
 ASBs
 ATL
 Butterflies
 Counterfactual
 DBWI
 Double Blind What If
 ISoT
 Our Timeline
 OTL
 Plausibility
 PoD
 Point of Divergence
 Secret History
 Timeline
 TL



Books
 Against the Day
 Against the Tide of Years
 Age of Tolerance
 Agent of Byzantium
 Almost America
 Alternate Americas
 Alternate Empires
 Alternate Generals
 Alternate Generals II
 Alternate Generals III
 Alternate Gettysburgs
 Alternate Heroes
 Alternate Kennedys
 Alternate Outlaws
 Alternate Presidents
 Alternate Skiffy
 Alternate Tyrants
 Alternate Warriors
 Alternate Wars
 American Empire: Blood and Iron
 American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold
 American Empire: The Victorious Opposition
 American Indian Victories
 Anno Dracula
 Anti-Ice
 Anvil of Necessity
 Apacheria
 Aztec Century
 Back in the USSA
 Battle of the Bulge
 The Best Alternate History Stories
 The Big One
 Black Powder War
 Bloody Red Baron
 A Book of Alternate Worlds
 Bring the Jubilee
 Britannia's Fist
 Budspy
 The Burning Mountain
 By Any Other Fame
 Camelot Revisited
 A Change of Regime
 Children of Apollo
 The Children's War
 Clash of Eagles
 Cold War Hot
 Collaborator
 Colonization: Aftershocks
 Colonization: Down to Earth
 Colonization: Second Contact
 The Company of the Dead
 The Confederate States of America
 Conquistador
 Counterclockwise
 Cracken at Critical
 The Crystal Empire
 A Dangerous Energy
 A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
 Days of Infamy
 Death is Lighter Than a Feather
 Departures
 Designated Targets
 Desperate Times
 The Difference Engine
 A Different Flesh
 Disaster at D-Day
 A Disturbance of Fate
 Dixie Victorious
 The Domination
 The Dominion's Dilemma
 Dragon America
 Drakas!
 Drakon
 El Sombra
 Empire of Fear
 Empire of Ivory
 End of the Beginning
 Farthing
 Fatherland
 Fiends of the Eastern Front
 Fiends of the Rising Sun
 Final Impact
 For Want of a Nail
 The Foresight War
 Fox at the Front
 Fox on the Rhine
 From The Heart Of The Storm
 Gettysburg
 Gettysburg: An Alternate History
 The Ghosts of Antietam
 Grant Comes East
 Grantville Gazette
 Grantville Gazette II
 Grantville Gazette III
 Grantville Gazette IV
 Gray Tide in the East
 The Great Game
 Great War: American Front
 Great War: Breakthroughs
 Great War: Walk in Hell
 Guns of the South
 The Hammer and the Cross
 Hannibal's Children
 Ha'penny
 His Majesty's Dragon
 History Revisited
 Hitler Options
 Hitler Triumphant
 Hitler Victorious
 Homeward Bound
 How Few Remain
 The Human Front
 Human Nature
 If Hitler Had Won
 If It Had Happened Otherwise
 If The South Had Won The Civil War
 In the Courts of the Crimson Kings
 In the Morning
 In the Presence of Mine Enemies
 Invasion
 Invasion!
 The Iron Dream
 Iron Maiden
 Island in the Sea of Time
 Judgment of Tears
 K
 Lee At Chattanooga
 Lest Darkness Fall
 Leviathan Rising
 The Lion is Humbled
 Lion's Blood
 The Lion's Way
 Luftwaffe Victorious
 MacArthur's War
 Making History
 The Man in the High Castle
 The Man With the Iron Heart
 Marching Through Georgia
 McGwire the Pitcher
 Midas Sheffield & Co.
 Ministry of Space
 Moon of Ice
 A More Perfect Union
 More What If?
 The Moscow Option
 Naked Presidents
 The Napoleon Options
 Never Call Retreat
 New Zealand As It Might Have Been
 A Nomad of the Time Streams
 On the Oceans of Eternity
 One Lamp
 Operation Lucifer
 The Other Teddy Roosevelts
 Pacific Empire
 Pavane
 Pearl Harbor
 The Peshawar Lancers
 Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas
 The Plot Against America
 President Gore
 Prime Minister Portillo...
 The Probability Broach
 The Proteus Operation
 A Rebel In Time
 Rebel Nation
 Red Sun
 Resurrection Day
 Return to Eden
 Revisions
 Ring of Fire
 Ring of Fire II
 Rising Sun Victorious
 Roads Not Taken
 Ruled Britannia
 Russian Amerika
 The Separation
 Settling Accounts: Drive to the East
 Settling Accounts: The Grapple
 Settling Accounts: In at the Death
 Settling Accounts: Return Engagement
 Severed Wing
 The Shadow of the Storm
 The Sky People
 The Sound of His Horn
 Spirit of Thunder
 SS-GB
 Stars and Stripes Forever
 Stars and Stripes In Peril
 Stars and Stripes Triumphant
 The Stone Dogs
 Things Unborn
 Third Reich Victorious
 Throne of Jade
 Through the Night
 To Bring the Light
 The Tranquility Alternative
 A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!
 The Trinity Paradox
 Triumph
 Triumph of the Third Reich
 The Two Georges
 The Ultimate Solution
 Under the Yoke
 Unmaking the West
 Unnatural History
 Virtual History
 Voyage
 The Way It Wasn't
 Weapons of Choice
 West of Eden
 What If?
 What If? 2
 What If? Australian History...
 What If The Babe
 What Ifs? Of American History
 What Might Have Been
 What Might Have Been: Vol 1
 What Might Have Been: Vol 2
 What Might Have Been: Vol 3
 What Might Have Been: Vol 4
 Winter in Eden
 A World of Difference
 Worlds of the Imperium
 Worldwar: In the Balance
 Worldwar: Striking the Balance
 Worldwar: Tilting the Balance
 Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance
 The Year the Cloud Fell
 The Years of Rice and Salt
 The Yiddish Policemen's Union
 Zulu Heart
 1632
 1633
 1634: The Baltic War
 1634: The Bavarian Crisis
 1634: The Galileo Affair
 1634: The Ram Rebellion
 1635: Cannon Law
 1635: The Dreeson Incident
 1812: The Rivers War
 1824: The Arkansas War
 1862
 1864
 1901
 1942: A Novel
 1945
 1945: A Novel
 '48
 
 
Alternate History Books   >   Books   >   If Hitler Had Won

   
 

If Hitler Had Won: The Plans He Made, The Plans He Carried Out, The Plans He Hoped To Achieve


Synopsis:
    What if Hitler had won the war in Europe?

Themes:
Eras:
Review of If Hitler Had Won: The Plans He Made, The Plans He Carried Out, The Plans He Hoped To Achieve:

This is an unusual book which I enjoyed tremendously, but which I can also see would not appeal to every reader. It mixes real historical events with plans and ideas expressed by Hitler in Mein Kampf and his table talk (informal lunchtime discussions), as well as the author's speculation. The real historical events are shown in a normal font, and the counterfactual elements are shown in bold. It also generally assumed, that Hitler would have implemented the precise plans that he discussed, given the opportunity, rather than change his mind, and adapt them to different circumstances. Moreover the book generally follows the events in historical order (with the exception of a very short introductory chapter explaining the point of divergence that actually occurs in late 1941).

There are two main consequences from this decision on structure:
  1. A lot of the book, especially in the first half, is simply another retelling of the Nazi rise to power and the early years of the war. While interesting, it isn't "alternate history". Only later in the book, do counterfactuals start to appear, initially in a small way, but towards the end they dominate as the alternate timeline diverges further and further from our timeline.

  2. There is inevitably a fair number diversions and repetitive elements that flow from this structure. For example, we get a description (with a map) of the German foreign ministry's plan for a redivision of African colonies (the "Bielfeld plan") in Germany's favor early in the book - but nothing like it ever occurs even in the alternate timeline of the book.
That said, I did like some elements of the book, and I did read it cover to cover without getting too bored. I particularly liked the fact that the author used only a small point of divergence, one that initially would hardly be noticed in a global war, and then gradually made larger and larger consequences flow from it. Other things I like about the book were the maps (which incidentally clearly capture an important element of Nazi megalomania), although I did think they could be improved - for example, there is no map which shows the entirety of postwar Europe.

On the negative side, are rather too many typos and proofing errors. Even the back of the book contains an error of this type ("Would the United State [sic] have been invaded?"). I also felt the Nazi military advances towards the end of the book were unbelievable, and likely to be logistically impossible, and that the very end of the book stretched credibility a bit too far.

One other thing I should make clear is that this book is very much written from the German perspective. The Allies are mainly seen responding to German actions, and we get little sense of what is going on in the Allied countries during the period covered by the book. The book does mention German attrocities and war crimes, but there is little emphasis on this - the main focus is on battles, military victories and defeats, etc.

In summary, this is an interesting book and unique book. It is a brave experiment to try and blend historical and counterfactual events so deeply across an entire book, and I would say this experiment succeeds more than it fails. In some ways the book is also a disappointment - it is not quite as good as it could have been - but do not misunderstand me - I certainly am glad that I bought this book, and would buy it again in a heartbeat.


   

Your Comments

Please leave a comment and tell us what you think:


From Amazon.com

Disclosure: The following products' details and descriptions provided by Amazon.com. Our company may receive a payment if you purchase products from them after following a link from this website.

If Hitler Had Won: The Plans He Made, The Plans He Carried Out, The Plans He Hoped To Achieve

By Richard Osborne

Riebel-Roque
Paperback (328 pages)

If Hitler Had Won: The Plans He Made, The Plans He Carried Out, The Plans He Hoped To Achieve
List Price: $26.95*
Lowest New Price: $16.64*
Lowest Used Price: $2.78*
Usually ships in 24 hours*
*(As of 16:08 Pacific 18 Oct 2017 More Info)


Click Here
Product Description:
This is an account of the actual plans Hitler made for the time when the Axis powers would be victorious…

The postwar fates planned for the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and Italy are also detailed. Maps of Europe, the Mediterranean area, and parts of Africa project this altered world, circa 1950. Illustrations included in the thought-provoking book feature Hitler's retirement home, designs for future German jet aircraft, the 400,000-seat Nuremberg Stadium, a plan to rebuild Berlin as "Germania," farmhouse designs for the new German settlers in the east, the Me264 "Amerika Bomber," a "Strength Through Joy" advertisement for the Volkswagen and more…




   

 
 
 
 

 
 
Copyright (C) 2007-2017, Answers 2000 Limited

CERTAIN CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON THIS SITE COMES FROM AMAZON SERVICES LLC. THIS CONTENT IS PROVIDED 'AS IS' AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR REMOVAL AT ANY TIME.
CERTAIN CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON THIS SITE,COMES FROM AMAZON EU S. r.l. THIS CONTENT IS PROVIDED 'AS IS' AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR REMOVAL AT ANY TIME.

Disclosure: Our company's websites' content (including this website's content) includes advertisements for our own company's websites, products, and services, and for other organization's websites, products, and services. In the case of links to other organization's websites, our company may receive a payment, (1) if you purchase products or services, or (2) if you sign-up for third party offers, after following links from this website. Unless specifically otherwise stated, information about other organization's products and services, is based on information provided by that organization, the product/service vendor, and/or publicly available information - and should not be taken to mean that we have used the product/service in question. Additionally, our company's websites contain some adverts which we are paid to display, but whose content is not selected by us, such as Google AdSense ads. For more detailed information, please see Advertising/Endorsements Disclosures

Our sites use cookies, some of which may already be set on your computer. Use of our site constitutes consent for this. For details, please see Privacy.

Contact Us   Privacy   Terms of Use   Advertising/Endorsements Disclosures

In Association With Amazon.com
Answers 2000 Limited is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
In Association With Amazon.co.uk
Answers 2000 Limited is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk.
All trademarks are property of their respective owners.
All third party content and adverts are copyright of their respective owners.