Give Me Back My Legions!

Harry Turtledove usually writes alternate-history novels, but Give Me Back My Legions! (2009) deals with real history. The title echoes the words of the Roman Emperor Augustus when he learned of the disastrous defeat of his forces in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (a/k/a Teutoburg Wald) in Germany in AD 9.

As in his other fiction, Turtledove tells the story from the viewpoints of various characters, mainly the Roman general  Publius Quinctilius Varus and Arminius (Hermann), his German opponent. The writer produces the kind of historical fiction I like best; he sticks closely to the known facts, inventing as little as possible. For Turtledove fans, and for fans of ancient European history, this book deserves a reading.




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