Stars and stripes triumphant harry harrison

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Stars and Stripes Triumphant by Harry Harrison

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.


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The Stars and Stripes Forever

Stars and Stripes Triumphant

Making use of new technology, the new American command of Sherman, Lee, Grant and Jackson adapt their real-life strategies and tactics into what would be later known as blitzkrieg and deliver a defeat that the stubborn British aristocracy cannot accept. Much of the fascination of the previous entries was in how the reintegrated Army and nation functioned. Here, much of the Southern flavor is absent, replaced by the Northern juggernaut moving as mechanically as its components. The depiction of the British ruling classes as jingoistic bigots, and of Queen Victoria as a worthy grandmother to Kaiser Wilhelm II, was never subtle in the first two books, but here it descends to caricature, although it does remind us that our Special Relationship with the United Kingdom was by no means inevitable. If the conclusion arrives as no surprise, at least its manner will interest fans. Taken as a whole, this insightful series shows how the elements of modern warfare could have combined much earlier, and just how little the U. Forecast: The jacket depicting a Confederate soldier aboard an ironclad vessel flying the Stars and Stripes nicely conveys the novel's theme.

The Stars and Stripes Trilogy is a collection of three alternate history novels written by Harry Harrison. All three novels involve the point of divergence of British involvement in the American Civil War after the Trent Affair. This happens when Prince Albert dies prematurely rather than playing his historic role in resolving the crisis. Queen Victoria blames the Americans for his death. She authorizes her ministers to do anything necessary to ensure that they pay for it. While is the relevant point of departure, there is another unexplained difference—the Duke of Wellington is still alive in , though he remarks he has been "living on borrowed time" since his illness in his death date in our world. This seems to date the initial point of divergence to , without the butterfly effect changing intermediate occurrences, such as the course of the Crimean War.

Harry Harrison's Stars and Stripes Triumphant is the third in a trilogy. The first, Stars and Stripes Forever , detailed the abortive American Civil War, abruptly ended when the Union and Confederacy re-joined in order to stop a continental invasion by the British Empire. The second, Stars and Stripes in Peril , described a British counterattack, followed by an American invasion of Ireland and a successful attempt to free that beleaguered nation from British misrule. The latest volume opens during a state visit to Belgium by President Abraham Lincoln, where a somewhat deranged actor named John Wilkes Booth attempts to assassinate the President but instead only slightly wounds his number two general, Ulysses S. America is at peace, but the peace is tenuous, as the British, who have "never lost a war", are unwilling to accept defeat.

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Thank you! Final installment of Harrison's trilogy Stars and Stripes Forever , , etc. In , the Civil War factions united to repel a British invasion, then went on to liberate downtrodden Ireland. A year later, in England, people of Irish descent are being herded into ghastly concentration camps. The British, their domination of the world cotton trade imperiled, seize US merchant ships. Still smarting, unable to think twice, Prime Minister Lord Palmerston and Queen Victoria reject every diplomatic overture.

Dec 18, ISBN 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. Civil War, stands as a provocative work of imagination, drama, and brilliant historical insight. For the two countries that share a language and a heritage, the conflict began at the dawn of the U.

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