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Título: Stars & Stripes Triumphant (UNREAD) (SIGNED)
Editorial: Del Rey, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.
Año de publicación: 2002
Encuadernación: Hard Cover
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: 1st edition, 1st printing.
Fine book in fine DJ. UNREAD copy. SIGNED BY HRRISON (signature only, on the title page) at the 2006 WorldCon. N° de ref. de la librería 032761
Sinopsis: In England, Irish-born citizens are being herded into prison camps. On the high seas, a furious British Navy is seizing American cargo ships bound for Europe. And on the Thames, a new weapon of unparalleled destructive force is sailing toward an impregnable city?spearheaded by a daring act of espionage. For U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, Britain?s Queen Victoria, Lord Palmerston, and a loyal opposition, a day of reckoning is at hand . . . and so is history?s most astounding battle.
Harry Harrison?s series of alternate history, based on the U.S. Civil War, stands as a provocative work of imagination, drama, and brilliant historical insight. Now in the thrilling finale, Harrison tells a stunning, action-packed story of America?s rapidly growing military might being locked, loaded, and aimed at the heart of England itself.
For the two countries that share a language and a heritage, the conflict began at the dawn of the U.S. Civil War. Just as America was about to tear itself to pieces, Britain itself committed an act of war by seizing a U.S. packet ship. In retaliation, the Confederate States rejoined the Union and took up arms against England. Repulsing a British invasion, and defeating her majesty?s army first in Canada, then in Mexico, then in Ireland, American pride and power swelled. Britain, like a wounded lion, howled in shame and anger. Now, Queen Victoria?s empire is more dangerous than ever before, turning against the Irish on her own soil, flexing her naval might, and all but forcing a weary President Lincoln to authorize the next step in a headlong journey toward war.
A tale of daring and strategy, Stars and Stripes Triumphant explores how arrogance turns superpowers into victims, how regional conflicts can explode into world wars, and how the personalities of a few men and women can change the course of history itself?for better or for worse.
Críticas: What if the American Civil War had been interrupted by a British invasion that persuaded the States to reunite? Harry Harrison's Stars and Stripes Triumphant is book three in the resulting alternate-history sequence.
Much action follows, with America winning through in the initial Stars and Stripes Forever--and then striking back at a British Empire still addicted to conquest, in Stars and Stripes in Peril. Even with Ireland now independent, the Brits remain aggressive in 1865 and use their famous mastery of the seas to stifle US trade, arrogantly confiscating ships and cargoes. President Lincoln can't take this lying down...
Harrison loads the odds enthusiastically. The Empire is complacent, stupid, bloated with too many easy victories. Meanwhile all Americans are staunch and indomitable, and US technological know-how (here about 70 years ahead of its time) develops an unbeatable war machine: destroyers, tanks, armoured columns, Blitzkrieg. As General Sherman puts it:
...If this new kind of army attacks in force it can destroy all who stand before it. The faster the attack, the quicker the end of the conflict. That is why I call it lightning war.
Exciting but one-sided clashes follow, with daring US strategy brilliantly dancing rings around the flabby Empire's larger forces. The politics has a cartoon-like simplicity--the Irish Question, for example, was solved forever when America "liberated" the North from British rule and ordered the country to get united. If only!
Harry Harrison is having lots of fun, and his boyish enthusiasm is infectious. In this alternate 19th century, America is wholly altruistic, concerned only for the greatest good of the greatest number and plans to reform even corrupt, royalist Britain with tough love. It's lightweight, slapdash fun.--David Langford
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