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1920: America's Great War
By Robert Conroy
Baen, $25.00, 354pp
Published: March 2015

This book is Alternate History. The United States did not send in troops and Germany has narrowly won World War I leaving England and France weakened and neutral. The Kaiser's eye turns to America. He intervenes in Mexico on the side of the corrupt President Carranza agreeing to give Texas to Mexico while Germany took California. Meanwhile, President Wilson dies immediately after beating Warren Harding. His Vice President resigns and is succeeded by Secretary of State Robert Lansing who, not coincidentally, is the new Vice President-Elect. The scene is set.

The action covers the diplomatic and war fronts in vivid detail with a wealth of historical figures playing new roles. The central characters are mainly fictional though the historical characters play leadership roles in the action. Eisenhower, Pershing, Nimitz, Sims, MacArthur, Marshall, Hoover, Patton, Churchill and many others play parts. Many of the Germans are historical characters also.

Simultaneously, the Mexicans invade Texas and the Germans invade California. Texas stands alone defending the Alamo again. Forces in California and the entire nation are negligible. German saboteurs have destroyed the rail bridges and cut the phone and telegraph lines. The only bright spot is the German failure to capture the Panama Canal. They have a very long supply line.

The situation looks hopeless. Can the nation rebuild the army Wilson destroyed? Will any allies step forward?

Read the book to find out. It has drama, love, violence and a wealth of realistic and interesting characters. ~~  Gary Swaty

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