Turtledove is a master of the alternative history genre. This book is comprised of a series of vignettes detailing the lives of ordinary people who are impacted by Harry Truman bowing to Douglas McArthur's wishes to use the atomic bomb during the Korean War.
Turtledove carries the ramifications of the unleashing of the atomic demon into the daily lives of ordinary people scattered about the globe. As social commentary, the book is chilling and a good example of why it is necessary to curb nuclear proliferation. Sadly that genie is out of the bottle. Social commentary aside, the book reads in a disjointed manner with very little in the conclusion arena. You are left hanging as to the fate of myriad common folks whose lives have been altered by unfettered use of the atomic bomb.
Good social commentary and so-so novel since the lives impacted are so disjointed and short it is nearly impossible to develop empathy for the characters.
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