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In Other Trenches: Alternate Outcomes of the First World War by [Rooksmoor, Alexander]
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‘In Other Trenches’, in 14 chapters, is a collection of alternative outcomes that could so easily have occurred in the period of the First World War in place of the history we know. It considers a wide range of ‘what if?’ topics starting with there being no First World War at all. Amongst others it looks at the absence of the British from the war; the German invasion of the Netherlands; the Japanese as allies of Germany; a successful offensive at Gallipoli; the collapse of Russia in 1916; a sustained war between the USA and Mexico; widespread mutinies across British and French armies and the development of successful German tanks.

NOTE: This is the 2nd Edition which is now on sale. Responding to feedback from readers, the book has been thoroughly revised and re-written with the aim of being accessible to a broader audience.

NOTE: 'In Other Trenches' DOES NOT contain stories. It has chapters analysing different potential outcomes in history. It is closest in style to the ‘what if?’ collections edited by Peter Tsouras, Robert Crowley, Duncan Brack, Niall Ferguson and Andrew Roberts. It is suggested that you check them out if you are uncertain whether this one is the sort of book you are looking for.

The book draws on Alexander Rooksmoor’s two decades researching, teaching and discussing real history and its possible alternatives. Mixing thoroughly researched fact and well-written speculation it looks at both the detailed changes that could have occurred as well as much broader potential outcomes. This is a book that will fascinate anyone with an interest in why a central event of modern history unfolded the way it did. Fans of alternate history will find ‘In Other Trenches’ a book they cannot put down and will rush to discuss once they have finished reading it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: A.R.C. Rooksmoor; 2nd edition (22 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILVJ4C0
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of thoughtful essays 21 August 2014
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A great collection of What-if scenarios, explored intelligently. This is NOT a Harry Turtledove style alternate history fiction book, it's a collection of historical essays. As an example, in the chapter "What if the Treaty of Sevres had been enforced?" the first part of the chapter is a great summary of the aforementioned Treaty, its context and eventual fate. The section "Counterfactual" then explores the question posed in the chapter title, and does it very well.
Rooksmoor is a thoughtful and cautious writer. He makes clear what the constraints are that every counterfactual faces. Sure, Germany could have waged the 1918 Kaiserschlacht battles a lot better but in the end they would still have run into supply problems. So no wild leaps of the imagination here, just careful explorations.
I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I know a bit about WW1 and I could not fault any of the author's speculations. My only point of criticism is that while the book was spellchecked, there are a lot of "broken sentences" and other writing mishaps that a careful edit should have caught.
The highest compliment I can give is that I immediately bought the second volume. Recommended.
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept, worthy attempt, imperfect implementation 5 April 2015
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This is not, repeat: NOT, alternate-history fiction. The book is a series of essays about some aspect of what actually happened, followed by an examination of how things might have worked out differently. The distinction of what did happen and what might have happened instead is sometimes hard to follow. Also, the author comes to the topic with a very clear, maybe even "emphatic" idea of what the dynamics were in the first couple of decades of the 20th century, and who was to blame for what. I realize that there is an important distinction between essays on an historical subject, and a formal work of scholarship, but the essayist ought to give his dilettante audience a clearer distinction between the history and the speculation. (Disclosure: I went to school during a period of revisionism about the origins of World War I, and my own take on the subject is rather at odds with Alexander Rooksmoor's counter-revisionist views.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and researched alternate histories, not short stories though. 10 November 2014
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An excellent look at the possible outcomes of WWI if things had gone differently. The author explains the original situation clearly and in detail and then moves on to the alternate history. In discussing the altered history he goes into detail not only about the new situation but also into how the new, altered, history may have affected world history. Sometimes I thought this was a little too much detail but in the end he always managed to justify his conclusions. This book is very well thought out, researched and written. If you enjoy alternate history you may very well enjoy this book. However, perhaps I should caution readers here, this is not a collection of short stories as such as it is an exploration of what might have been. If that makes any sense! I highly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, well thought out idea. 4 August 2014
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Some good, well thought out ideas bit I found it a bit hard going. I felt there were issues with the continuity but that might just be me.

The waste of manpower in WW1 has always seemed appalling to me and as i have got older I have always wondered why the leaders inflicted such misery on their own people.

The other challenging issue was how hidebound and connservative the military leaders were. However, an interesting view I read recently was that for the British at least many of the best and bravest of their military were sacrificed in the early part of the war to stem the German advances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies..... 19 May 2014
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Mr. Rooksmoor shows us a dimension of historical analysis , aka alternative history, we rarely appreciate. He takes us through multiple alternative, mostly equally probable scenarios. He provides detailed descriptionsof the period to begin with and then takes his turn along the alternative. He is very honest, careful and imaginative. His attention to detail slows down what is otherwise an excellent read. He provides nascent authors an enormous catalog of stories to tell.

I'll be looking for his next work......