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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (November 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755201566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755201563
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Sumner on February 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Firstly I'd like to `dip me lid' to Tony Williams for attempting to write an alternate history of the Second World War at all. The potential audience tend to be opinionated, critical and well informed so much kudos to him for the effort.

The premise is that a British historian goes to sleep in 2004 and wakes up in 1934. He convinces the powers that be that war is coming for which Britain will be inadequately prepared and in so doing initiates an altered and more thorough strategic purpose in British re-armament. The opening chapter is available to read on Tony Williams website [...]

I am a little bit wary of time travel scenarios but I found The Foresight War to be a satisfying read and a large and complicated plot is deftly handled, the narrative is well paced, there are surprising plot turns and the book is sufficiently gripping to be read at one sitting, there is also a great deal of detail and some laugh out loud humour.

Other reviewers have taken issue with a few of Mr Williams interpretations of historical events but with subject matter as contentious as the Second World War this is inevitable. It is often the case that a well informed historian can proceed from sound scholarship to a completely different conclusion about an event from another well informed historian also proceeding from sound scholarship on the same event.

The Foresight War works well, not least because Tony underlines the very prescient point that WW2 was a conflict between cultures as well as militaries and was won and lost not only by armed forces but by the systems which created them. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone interested in the period.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amerigo Vespucci on January 5, 2005
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A novel of an alternative World War 2 by Anthony G Williams

What if - you went to sleep as usual in 2004 - and woke up in 1934?

What if - you had vital knowledge about the forthcoming Second World War, and could prove that you came from the future?

What could you do to affect British policy, strategy, tactics and


How might the course of the conflict be changed?

And what if there was another throwback from the future - and he was working for the enemy?

The novel follows the story of these two 'throwbacks' as they pit

their wits against each other. A very different Second World War rages across Europe, the Mediterranean, Russia, the North Atlantic and the Pacific, until its shocking conclusion.


Not too awful. Not too good.

Some howlers ... the author has Barbarossa starting in May and repeats

the urban legend about how the Balkan campaign was the reason for the

delay, not the spring rains as we all know to be the case.

It seems as if he has also ignored the materiel and logistics

constraints of the pre-war German economy with special relevance to

what they could produce ... that is, he has some inkling, for example,

that they couldn't produce enough trucks for motorised supply but has

them creating 20 Panzer Divisions with APCs (not haltracks, either),

for example.

He also has them producing hundreds of U-Boats without the Brits

noticing ... not that it really makes any difference ...

And, for example, he has a British AEW warned USAAC decimate the

Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in P-40's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alt Man on December 21, 2008
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This was a really different alternative history in that the focus was almost entirely on the Brits. It's sort of a British "fantasy version" of how WW2 might have turned out.

What I liked about this was it didn't get too focused on personalities, love interests, or that sort of thing. Also, it was almost non-stop action. If you like Tom Clancy's novels - the ones where the Russians invade the West, for example - you'd love this. It's really "techy." It takes an incredibly detailed look at how a little foresight would have led the Brits and Germans to develop a wide range of tanks, aircraft, infantry weapons, and naval vessels. Anthony G. Williams, the author, previously wrote what looks like some obscure books on armaments: the development of the assault weapon and a book on aircraft machine guns. But this sort of scholarship and detail have served him well in The Foresight War.

So the premise that a couple of guys go to sleep in 2004 and wake up in 1934 is cheesy. That's true. But that part is over in a page, and then you can just look at how a little foresight would have influenced the war - something any of us who study the war think about all the time. I like Williams' take on it. Is it unrealistic? Duh. But who cares? It's fun!

On a side note, though character development wasn't on a par with, say, Jane Austen, I did like the analysis of how key Nazi figures would have responded to some foresight. Wiliams' suggestion is that Hitlet, Goering, et al, were so messed up and the Nazi system was so corrupt that foresight in their case would have made little difference.
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