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Bring the Jubilee Alternate cover edition for A classic Alternate History story the first to ask What if the South had won the Civil War Selected as one of David Pringle s Best SF Novels

  • Title: Bring the Jubilee
  • Author: Ward Moore
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  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate cover edition for 9781857987645 1857987640A classic Alternate History story the first to ask What if the South had won the Civil War Selected as one of David Pringle s 100 Best SF Novels.

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    1. Bring The Jubilee is about, well imagine that the Confederacy won the American Civil War and… hey! Why are you backing away? Wait! I promise not to talk about McClellan and the Army of the Potomac! Trust me - this is a good book!OK, for those of you who are still reading this review, I don’t blame you if you are put off by the Southern civil war victory that underpins the setting of Ward Moore’s book. In the age of Trump the nasty debates going on around flying confederate flags, the resur [...]

    2. 5.0 stars. THE BEST ALTERNATIVE HISTORY/TIME TRAVEL STORY I HAVE EVER READ!!!! This book has been on my "to be read" pile for years and I did not have overly high expectations when I finally opened the book. Well, I was blown away by both the writing and the story. In brief, the plot concerns an alternate history in which the South won the Battle of Gettysburg and, eventually, the Civil War. Thus the story takes place in a world where the Confederate States of America is a separate, prosperous c [...]

    3. Bring the Jubilee: A brilliant alternative history where the South prevailedOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureBring the Jubilee is a fairly obscure alternate-history story published in 1953 in which the South won the "War for Southron Independence". In this world, Robert E. Lee succeeds Jefferson Davis as the second president of the Confederacy in 1865. The Confederacy steadily expands its empire through Mexico and South America. Its chief rival is the German Union, which splits control of [...]

    4. What a wonderful surprise this was. Ok, my expectations should have been high starting another book in the SF Masterworks series but I hadn't heard much talk of this author and wasn't overly bowled over by the premise. This is an alternative history story, what might have happened if the south had won the American civil war.The speculations are themselves quite interesting, The American north becoming impoverished and backward, allowing the European colonial powers to carry on dominating the wor [...]

    5. An interesting novel based on the idea and in the world where the South won the American Civil War and how America would look and how this affects the rest of the world.

    6. I read this years ago, when I devoured the whole corpus of SF. I enjoyed it then, and when I picked it up again after decades on the shelf, I was surge I'd like it even more.I now know a great deal more about America and I've been to Gettysburg. I'm not entirely sure that possessing Little Round Top would have swung the whole war, but it would certainly have changed the entire tone of the battle if Lee had secured it on the first day.But we don't get there for a long while. Moore takes his time, [...]

    7. One of the first 'If south had won the war' novels, and still one of the best. The book has aged quite well, and it's still an engaging read. In this short novel you will find no decisive battle descriptions, no grand army movements, in fact, it's situated in time two generations after the 'War of southron independence', and is narrated by a historian. This is definitely one of the most enjoyable books about alternate history I've ever read, and I wonder what took me so long.

    8. An alternate history tale in which the South won the Civil War. The main part of the story takes place some 60 years after the war and the United States (just the North) has fallen into disarray after its disastrous loss to the South. I found this part of the book fascinating, with interesting speculation on how the state of the world changes if the United States breaks up (if a bit outlandish at times). (view spoiler)[However, the book starts to lose its appeal when the author tries to reconcil [...]

    9. Bring the Jubilee is one of the earliest alternate histories, set in a United States that lost the American Civil War after a decisive Confederate victory at Gettysburg. The South has gone on to forge its own empire sprawling across Mexico and Central America, a center of learning and culture that rivals the British Empire and German Union. Meanwhile, the impoverished North lies divided and embittered after the failures of their generals and Lincoln, having undergone its own Reconstruction to be [...]

    10. This 1953 novel is both an alternate history and time travel science fiction. In the years since, it has been in print through a succession of publishers, and will now be released in ebook format by Open Road Media. I received a kindle format version at no cost, prior to release, in return for publishing an honest review.American Civil War alternate histories are a staple of the genre, probably the best known being MacKinlay Kantor’s If The South Had Won the Civil War (1961), and more recently [...]

    11. Bring the Jubilee (1953) was the first significant Alternate-History tale (it is also a Time-Travel story) in which the South wins the American Civil War. After describing his depressed world, an eminent historian from the disinherited Northern States is given the chance to travel back in time to the vital moment of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg, victory in which had won the entire conflict for the South. At this crucial Jonbar Point, the narrator's own actions change history, the Sout [...]

    12. This book is quite good. While it is dated and the characters are rather flat, the setting was just awesome. Granted, I don’t really believe the Northern states would have been the ones suffering had the South separated – the North had far more industrialization and most trade ports; the South only had a few major exports and a lower population. And had they continued with slavery, major trade countries such as a Britain would have eventually stopped trading with them entirely. The North als [...]

    13. This is a time travel book, published in the 1950s, and often mentioned as one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. I admit to being underwhelmed, although--perhaps--that author's idea was seminal at the time he wrote this story.The main character, Hodge, lives in an America where the South won the Civil War, and the North is an underdeveloped, economically depressed, powerless nation of poverty, crime, ignorance, and hopelessness. Hodge becomes a historian and travels back thr [...]

    14. Wow. Here is a gem I never knew. What a strange, sad, logically consistent world Moore builds here, redolent of chance, regret and disjunction. I think perhaps The man in High Castle owes this book a considerable debt.This story considers the hoary trope 'what if the south won the war?' not only before most of the other well known treatments of the subject (Guns of the South, etc), but in a emmersive and engaging way. The sad defeated United States--disemboweled and at the mercy of the other gre [...]

    15. A haunting contrafactual. The time travel device is, of course, mere nonsense. But the story is marvelous: the South won the War Between the States, and from the wreckage of a banana republic North comes a young scholar who gets a chance to experience the pivotal moment of that war, and who makes a single but critical error in judgment.

    16. Not quite 4 stars. Lots of philosophical discussionedetermination versus free willive versus active participant. The South has won the Civil War. What is left of the North becomes what we would call today a third world country. Not only is this an alternate history novel, but it is also a time travel novel.

    17. An excellent alternative history novel that inspired "The Man in the High Castle." The North lost the Civil War and the "26 States" are weak, impoverished and behind. Electricity and the car have not been invented in the 1950's. The main character is a historian who is able to time travel back to the pivotal moment of the Civil War and change history. I found this to be real page turner.

    18. This is one of the short stories that I read in "The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century". It was well-written and well-imagined. The best of all of the alternate history stories in the book. There is a lot of philosophy and it rambles on for quite a while before getting into the meat of the story, but it was still really good.

    19. This is the best alternate history of the civil war books I've ever read and one of the best, and earliest, alternative history books in general.

    20. Bring the Jubilee is told in two parts, entirely from the perspective of Hodgins "Hodge" Backmaker, citizen an alternate timeline United States. As a reader and historian, Hodge ponders many facts about the timeline - the Confederate states won the war and thrived afterward, the former United States stagnated, and the German Union won the Emperor's War (1914-1916).In the first section of the book, Hodge leaves home and has adventures. Much is revealed about his character and some of the politica [...]

    21. This was an unexpected pleasure of a find for me. Written back in the 50's this book seemingly is way ahead of its time. An alternate history, time travel, with steam punk elements story, that should do well with readers today. Though I don't think many people know of it.We follow our main character Hodge, a history buff, in a world without need of such a thing. He struggles with needing more from life and sets off from his home in Wappingers Falls, NY to New York City. But this NYC is much diff [...]

    22. Ward Moore’s Bring the Jubilee is a fairly obscure alternate-history story published in 1953 in which the South won the "War for Southron Independence." In this world, Robert E. Lee succeeds Jefferson Davis as the second president of the Confederacy in 1865. The Confederacy steadily expands its empire through Mexico and South America. Its chief rival is the German Union, which splits control of Europe with the Spanish Empire. In response, the Confederacy has allied with Great Britain, creating [...]

    23. The first alt history book? Perhaps. Proto-steampunk? Fo' sho'. Ward Moore relates a tale of an alternative reality 1950s USA, where, 90 years ago, the Union lost the Civil War and now a divided North America struggles to get by. The industrialized North has decayed into a decrepit, poverty-stricken smogfest (hence the steampunk), while the South/CSA is put-putting along with slavery and agricultural stuff. Protagonist is a bookish history student who wins a scholarship to study at a fancy Dead [...]

    24. Oh.sà perché ero un po' prevenuta verso questo libro, avevo il sospetto che fosse noioso. Forse dopo aver letto qualche recensione, chissàE invece è stata una lettura molto, molto gradevole, interessante, colta, e pure avvincente in una maniera particolare, sobria ed elegante direi. Ward Moore scriveva davvero bene, sono contenta di aver scoperto questo scrittore.Consigliatissimo, soprattutto agli amanti del genere ucronico.

    25. Couldn't get into it despite the awesome premise. Where's the plot? Hodgin lives in a vanquished North, land of sharecroppers, squalid poverty and a seething resentment of bitter defeat and what-could-have-beens.Was taking much too longfor Shit To Happen, but perhaps the atmosphere is the be-all, end-all for this particular story - and I just don't have the patience.

    26. A long-considered classic of alternate history, this novel envisages a world in which the Confederacy win the American Civil War, and then serves up a rather large twist in the final quarter. Interestingly, Moore chooses to do so through the eyes of the archetypal “passive hero.” I liked it. B.

    27. Bring the Jubilee is one of the earliest alternate histories, set in a United States that lost the American Civil War after a decisive Confederate victory at Gettysburg. The South has gone on to forge its own empire sprawling across Mexico and Central America, a center of learning and culture that rivals the British Empire and German Union. Meanwhile, the impoverished North lies divided and embittered after the failures of their generals and Lincoln, having undergone its own Reconstruction to be [...]

    28. Alternate History seems to fall into two categories - the Nazis won the war or the Confederates did. Bring the Jubilee: What if the South Had Won the Civil War is the latter.The odd part is their winning has very little to do with the story. The real story is about time travel and the rest is there mainly to make the ending proposition come out right. Mostly this book is character driven and the majority of it serves to let us know just what kind of a person Hodge Backmaker is so we will believe [...]

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