This is an interesting collection of thirteen short stories of alternative history from Antiquity to the Viêtnam war by a range of authors. In all cases, the historical outline is modified in a number of ways. Most of the stories are good, original and enjoyable, although they are a couple that I found much less good that the others.
A typical theme is that of the historical losers (such as Marc Antony and Cleopatra or General Lee) becoming the winners but victory brings its own set of problems, some of which are just as bad or even worse than what happened historically. Some of the stories, such as the two just alluded two (The Road to Endless Sleep and East of Appomattox) are quite moving. Others, such as "Murdering Uncle Ho", a story where the United States invades North Viêt Nam with a massive army and continues the war for over twenty years, almost feel more realistic than what happened in reality.
A couple of other stories among my favourites involve religion in various ways, with Genghis Khan and the Mongols concerting to Judaism or Joan of Arc surviving her trail and becoming a heretic in the eyes of the Church. The one I liked the least, and which is intended to be a parody, was "First, Catch Your Elephant" and takes place when Hannibal and his army is crossing the Alps during the beginning of the Second Punic War.
- Mass Market Paperback: 442 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (27 February 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416521143
- ISBN-13: 978-1416521143
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 204 g
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