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Making History

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Together, they hatch a plan to modify the machine such that it can be used to send something back into time. and towards the end became rather sophomoric, as did Fry's completely unnecessary descent into an alternative love story way out of character for our young hero, even understanding that he too changed when the world changed. Steve corrects Michael and reveals that, while never hearing of Hitler, he is all too aware of the Nazi Party. The book started well enough, young chap at Cambridge (Fry's alma mater) immersed in the history of Hitler, working towards spending his life at Cambridge in a paid capacity, is having a tough time with his hard-nosed scientist girlfriend who finally leaves him (I found her more interesting than our hero, stronger, and more capable of carrying a story, and was sorry to see her go). The storyline is a fairly classic one, What would happen if you travelled back in time and prevented Hitler from being born?

A great mixture of tragedy, humor, philosophy, history, and time travel is still not enough to describe what exactly this book represents. I liked how Michael and Steve's relationship evolved, although I'd have liked to see a bit more of it. This amazing novel is a blend of science fiction, history, and time travel, and I thought it brilliant.In fact, Michael and Zuckerman have replaced Hitler with a Nazi leader who was even more charming, patient, and effective, and as committed to the Final Solution as Hitler had been. Thumbing through the opening pages, I noticed that this book was first published in 1996, which begins to make sense when considering some of the faultlines running through this alternate history offering. Or is it just the usual crisis of adulthood, something I was going to have to get used to until I doddered into oblivion? Although this is the only novel of Fry's that I have read that uses extremely simplistic language (an unusual choice considering the characters are: a student writing his doctoral thesis in history, a professor of physics, and a student at Princeton), the premise keeps it in the realm one would expect from the genius Fry.

The best part of the book was the alternate world that Fry imagined, with a very different outcome to the Second World War from the one we know. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file.When these two people meet, they decide to eliminate one of the biggest evils that this world has ever known: Hitler. They succeed, but what they did not know is that the world may had been better off with Hitler, than without Hitler.

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