[PDF/EPUB] For Want of a Nail If Burgoyne had won at Saratoga Greenhill Military Paperback author Robert Sobel


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  • For Want of a Nail If Burgoyne had won at Saratoga Greenhill Military Paperback
  • Robert Sobel
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  • 04 April 2019
  • 9781853675041

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For Want of a Nail If Burgoyne had won at Saratoga Greenhill Military Paperback Read & Download · 109 1777 a major turning point of the Revolution Robert Sobel takes a step sideways and presents the alternative version reinforcements arrive at Saratoga Gates' men flee and Burgoyne is victorious Rather than openly allying itself with the American rebels France withdraws its support as does Spain and the colonies surrender Those former rebels who refuse to live in the Confederation of Nor. Most in fact all the ones I can think of off the top of my head alternate history books are novels This book instead reads like a history textbook complete with copious fake footnotes I found this approach to be uite refreshing It helps that Sobel is very committed to this format going so far as to include a very critical essay from a fake historian at the end and pages and pages of made up books in the bibliographyThe departure point is checks title if Burgoyne had won at Saratoga which is plausible for me the factor that really seemed like it must be from another earth is the reasonableness and practicality of the British government in the immediate aftermath Once over that hump Sobel spins a very interesting if dry tale and my only complaint here is that the book would have really benefited from a few maps I was never uite sure where Southern Vandalia and Jefferson were located Probably for history nerds only but if you can deal with the dryness an easy recommendation Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals point of the Revolution Robert Sobel takes a step sideways and All Night Long A Nannies Novel presents the alternative version reinforcements arrive at Saratoga Gates' men flee and Burgoyne is victorious Rather than openly allying itself with the American rebels France withdraws its support as does Spain and the colonies surrender Those former rebels who refuse to live in the Confederation of Nor. Most in fact all the ones I can think of off the top of my head alternate history books are novels This book instead reads like a history textbook complete with copious fake footnotes I found this approach to be uite refreshing It helps that Sobel is very committed to this format going so far as to include a very critical essay from a fake historian at the end and The Freeze Frame Revolution pages of made up books in the bibliographyThe departure The New York Review and Atheneum Magazine Vol 2 point is checks title if Burgoyne had won at Saratoga which is Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus plausible for me the factor that really seemed like it must be from another earth is the reasonableness and His Christmas Cowgirl Wildflower Ranch #6 practicality of the British government in the immediate aftermath Once over that hump Sobel spins a very interesting if dry tale and my only complaint here is that the book would have really benefited from a few maps I was never uite sure where Southern Vandalia and Jefferson were located Probably for history nerds only but if you can deal with the dryness an easy recommendation

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For Want of a Nail If Burgoyne had won at Saratoga Greenhill Military Paperback Read & Download · 109 Th America established by the British leave their homes and settle in what becomes the United States of Mexico From then on the two continental nations find themselves constant rivals locked in military political and economic conflict Sobel provides a detailed intricately documented insight into two warring powers that develop in such dramatically different ways from their shared origins. Over the past few decades alternate history has emerged as an increasingly popular sub genre of science fiction Through it an ever growing number of authors and fans have postulated the different turns that history might have taken often because of relatively minor circumstances Most writers use this to establish a divergent setting for fictional works in which characters come to terms with the very different worlds that emerged as a resultIn this respect Robert Sobel offers something different Rather than develop an alternate history setting for a work of fiction he created something far elaborate a thoroughly articulated timeline of events resulting from a British victory in the Battle of Saratoga From it he envisages an American Revolution that ends in a British victory and the emergence of two different countries the British spawned Confederation of North America and a separate state founded by the surviving revolutionaries that evolves into the United States of MexicoIn developing his alternate world Sobel presents it in the form of a nonfiction text rather than that of a novel This is a considerable undertaking instead of simply drafting a setting he has to develop an increasingly intricate seuence of events all of which must be plausible in explaining broader developments that took place over the following two centuries Adding to the challenge is that he does this within the context of a narrative history without the benefit of the novelist s devices of character and dialogue to maintain the reader s interestAll of this makes Sobel s achievement an impressive one Not only does he present a plausible and fully realized alternative to the history with which readers will be familiar he does so in a way that can keep a reader s attention In many respects it reads as a satire of a true nonfiction work complete with footnotes citing nonexistent books and fake disputes between academics who never lived It serves as just one strata of a richly layered work one that may not be as exciting of a read as the works of authors like Harry Turtledove but one that can envelop the reader in a way that few other works of the genre are able

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For Want of a Nail If Burgoyne had won at Saratoga Greenhill Military Paperback Read & Download · 109 For Want of a Nail is an alternate history classic The outcome of one battle in the American Revolution diverges from reality and sparks an unstoppable chain of events which affects the history of the whole North American continent In reality the British general John Burgoyne heavily outnumbered by American troops surrendered his army to General Horatio Gates at the Battle of Saratoga in. For Want of a Nail is a singular work in published alternate history Unlike the masses of fictional works set in alternate worlds and the occasional description of an alternate history for the purposes of overt what if uestions and roleplaying sourcebooks its format is of a nonfiction book from an alternate world Specifically a history book written just like a real history book but detailing the history of an alternate timeline The writer Robert Sobel is a business historian and he has written a book that other than the fact that the events it describe never happened is distinguishable from a real history only by the copyright page and the subtitle If Burgoyne had Won at Saratoga It comes complete with footnotes and rather interesting ones a bibliography consisting of fictional books and some very old but real works an introductory map and a critiue by another historian fictional one assumes though it may be one of Sobel s real world colleagues in disguise As suggested by its format For Want of a Nail reads like a history book one focusing on political and economic history primarily with occasional references to social and military history It is thus a bit dry if you don t like reading history books but personally I found the attention to even the smallest colorful details fascinating while the book as a whole moved along at a good clip it s about 400 pages of actual text in the format of a survey history of an alternate North America It covers 200 years from the American Revolution to the time when Sobel actually wrote the book 1971 If it were a real history book it would be considered a fairly interesting one My opinion is pretty easy to sum up I consider For Want of a Nail to be the greatest work of alternate history that I have ever read bar none