15 May 2007

WWII Alternate Histories

This is an addendum on a previous post on Alternate History. Despite the romance industry's insistence that WWII novels don't sell, oh, boy do they ever! It's a hugely popular time period, especially with so many of that generation dying off every day.

Two new books that are out this month are on WWII Alternate History, another hugely popular genre (the What if Hitler was killed question is probably the most popular one). They're not romance, but the plot twists sound interesting.

1945 by Robert Conroy (not Newt Gingrich who has a book of the same name)
...Military extremists, honor bound by the Japanese code of Bushido, kidnap
Emperor Hirohito hours before he's set to announce his country's formal
surrender in the aftermath of the atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ~Publishers Weekly

Macarthur's War: A Novel of the Invasion of Japan by Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson
With the American navy still smarting from Pearl Harbor and (here's the twist) a
crushing defeat at Midway, Gen. Douglas MacArthur secures control of the Pacific
theater. ~Publishers Weekly