- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Macmillan (1973)
- ASIN: B0013EKQW4
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,613,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For Want of a Nail Unknown Binding – 1973
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After the British execute the leaders of the revolution, they begin to build an entirely new nation from the American colonies and Canada. Those who favored the revolution emigrate to the southwest to establish their own nation. The rest of the book is the history of those two countries and the tensions between them from the 1770's to the 1970's.
The people and events are much more real than you would imagine fictitious characters and events could possibly be. Mr. Sobel footnotes the book with references from publications in his new world and includes charts and graphs. Some of the characters are based on historical figures from our own history, but most seem to be complete fabrications from the author's imagination. All of his characters have complete personalities. He also includes technical developments, such as weapons and ground cars, and social developments.
When you read this book you will find yourself asking if this world actually exists. It just doesn't seem possible that an author can so thoroughly create a world, with all of its aspects and people, from his imagination.
For Want of a Nail: If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga is one of my favorite books. I have read the book three times in the past twenty years and I am looking forward to owning a copy of the latest edition!
The last time I read this book was three years ago so my memories of the story just can't do it justice. Don't take my word for it, get your hands on a copy of this book and read it for yourself!
As suggested by its format, For Want of a Nail reads like a history book (one focusing on political and economic history primarily, with occasional references to social and military history). It is thus a bit dry if you don't like reading history books, but personally I found the attention to even the smallest colorful details fascinating, while the book as a whole moved along at a good clip - it's about 400 pages of actual text, in the format of a survey history of an alternate North America. It covers 200 years, from the American Revolution to the time when Sobel actually wrote the book (1971). If it were a real history book, it would be considered a fairly interesting one.
My opinion is pretty easy to sum up - I consider For Want of a Nail to be the greatest work of alternate history that I have ever read, bar none.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This reads like an exhaustively researched history book - which is intentional I think and very well executed. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a reprint of historian Robert Sobel's detailed 1973 alternate history novel, a plausible description of an American continent where the American Revolution failed. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Gridiron
What if the American colonies had failed to win their freedom from England? It's not a new question, but it does take a lot of time to come up with a decent answer. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by CopieWan
Product was as advertized & came on time. It was a gift for my Grandson & he loved it. ThanksPublished on December 15, 2012 by mikki
Sobel's For Want of a Nail, besides being simply an enjoyable read , is a fine lesson for the writer of history. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Eric Maroney