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1945 (Conroy novel)

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Language  English
Media type  trade paperback
ISBN  978-0-345-49479-5
Originally published  29 May 2007
Genre  Alternate history
Country  United States of America
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Publication date  May 29, 2007
Pages  xi, 432 pp.
OCLC  74916045
Author  Robert Conroy
Publisher  Ballantine Books
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Nominations  Sidewise Award for Best Long-Form Alternate History
Similar  Red Inferno: 1945, Himmler's War, 1862, 1901, 1920: America's Great War

1945 is an alternate history novel by Michigan economics professor Robert Conroy, the author of other alternate history novels, such as 1901 and 1862. It was first published in trade paperback and ebook form by Ballantine Books in May 2007.


Plot summary

1945 depicts a surrender of Japan in World War II being successfully preempted by extremists, forcing US President Harry S. Truman to order more atomic bombings and an invasion of the Japanese home islands, continuing the Pacific Campaign into early 1946. Features prominent throughout the book include the viewpoints of infighting among the Japanese officers responsible for the military coup of the Japanese government, the imprisonment and breakout of Hirohito, the vicious combat between Japanese and American units on Kyushu and their respective naval forces in the Pacific, the efforts behind enemy lines by intelligence officers and POWs, the death of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, the Soviet Union's extended involvement in Japan, and mass protests in the US to end the war.

Literary significance and reception

Booklist said that "realistic to the point of gruesomeness, 1945 recalls David Westheimer's classic Lighter than a Feather." Publishers Weekly said that Conroy explored the carnage of war through various viewpoints with "moving and thought provoking results".


1945 (Conroy novel) Wikipedia

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