The Great War: Breakthroughs

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2010
23 hours 35 minutes
The Great War: Breakthroughs is the third installment of bestselling, Hugo Award–winning author Harry Turtledove’s remarkable alternate history tetralogy. A Main Selection of the Science Fiction Book Club®, this harrowing saga of the war to end all wars will amaze history buffs and fans of science fiction and fantasy.
The utter devastation of global war continues to spread, driven by new weapons and old hatreds. The United States is deadlocked—battling Canada and Great Britain in the north and the Confederate States in the south. In this world, military genius is tantamount to madness, as great historical figures like Theodore Roosevelt and Custer engage in fascinating new tactical scenarios.
History professor Turtledove’s highly imaginative novels are hailed by critics and readers alike as the defining works of their genre.
“Alternate history’s grand master displays his acute knowledge of American history as well as his keen imagination as he paints a vivid portrait of a past that could have been. A good choice for most libraries.”—Library Journal
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Nancy B.

"The American Front" -- the motives of the war. "Walk in Hell" -- the machinery of the war. "Breakthroughs" -- the fallout of the war. At the end of the war, the characters who fought in "Breakthroughs" are divided into two diverse camps. In one is the Let's Never Do This Again Camp. Some here wanted to punish the losers, preventing them from rising again, and others wanted to refrain from doing so. "Let them hate, as long as they fear." The other camp is the "Let's Get This War Behind Us So We Can Get Thinking About the Next One." I think bitterness runs deep in both. Comparisons from WWI to today: I saw a comparison in the book between the Socialist and Democratic Parties and today's Democratic and Republican Parties. The coal board bureaucracy reminded me of LIHEAP, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, and Unemployment. Don't even get me started about trying to get Social Security Disability. Back in WWI, a woman would lose her job to take off work to take care of her child/loved one. Despite current laws, this still happens today. If she works full-time, she will get paid only until her paid leave runs out. If she works part-time, she will get paid leave for the time off. There is no guarantee she will have a job when she comes back. Wages rose but so did everything else, sometimes higher than the wages.

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