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    Posted: 22-May-2008 at 04:11
By best, I mean most plausible. I know alot are BS. Which ones are written the best.
Could have some SciFi element in it if its incorporated well and the rest of it is based on solid history.
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I don't know a lot of alternative history books, but a very good one I read was Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy. It quite realistically tells of a Soviet invasion into Europe, and the subsequent events, from the point of view of a lot of different characters in all sorts of factions and positions.

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Turtledove has done varying ones.
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Willim Forstchen & Newt Gingrich wrote an trilogy about the South winning Gettysburg and the rest of the war from that point.
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I'm just re-reading The Once and Future King by T.H.White. It's not a serious alternative history book in the sense of really trying to answer the question '"hat would have happened if..." But it is an alternate history in which the land of Malory's Morte d'Arthur is real, and the Angevin succession a fable.
 
And it has a wealth of knowledge about heraldry, weaponry, wild life, field sports and hunting. As well as a fascinating version of an old story. And a plethora of arguments against violence, and aggressive war.
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Not really sure what you mean by alternative history, but sometimes anti-mainstream historiography makes it way into the mainstream. I read 'Origins of the Second World War' by AJP Taylor last year for college, his arguments are now regarded as pretty mainstream thought but back then were groundbreaking and controversial...
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Certainly one of the best is The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick. This novel won the Hugo award for best SF novel in 1963. It was not the first alternative history novel but it helped define the genre.
 
                 
 

The novel is set in the former United States in 1962, fifteen years after the Axis Powers defeated the Allies in World War II and after the U.S. surrendered to Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan. Germany and Japan have occupied the US with the dividing line at the Rocky Mountains.

A truely excellent read.
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I'd say the Plot against America by Philip Roth and Fatherland by Robert Harris both based in a 1960s world after a Nazi victory during WWII. In both cases the US has gone a step closer toward dictatorship under the rule of Kennedy (the father not JFK). One is set in the US, the other in Germany. Both excellent int their own genre. 
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The belisarius series by David drake and Eric flint is a truly excellent read.


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Niall Ferguson's, Virtual history: alternatives and counterfactuals is an alright one.
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All of these are by Robert Cowley and they are all very good reads, they use a bunch of short (10 pages or so) essays to describe different historical scenarios. I'd recommend these for sure.
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One of my favourites is Harry Turtledove's 'The Two Georges'. The basic plot is a detective story set in an America that never left the British Empire. It's a pretty good story and has quite an interesting view of an alternate America.
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