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What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (What If?)by Robert Cowley
Synopses & Reviews
An all-American collection of essays on the pivotal moments in our nation's history by award-winning historians, the third in the bestselling series.
The "what if" concept is one of the most original and engaging on the current history bookshelf. The essays are chock-full of provocative ideas; they are as accessible to the general reader as they are to the scholar; and they are the perfect gift for the dedicated history buff on anyone's list.
In this new collection of never-before-published essays, our brightest historians speculate about some of America's more intriguing crossroads. Some irresistible highlights include: Caleb Carr (The Alienist) on America had there been no Revolution; Tom Wicker on the first time a vice president, John Tyler, succeeded a deceased president and its surprising ramifications; Jay Winik (April 1865) on the havoc that might have resulted if Booth had succeeded in his plan to assassinate Johnson and Seward as well as Lincoln; Antony Beevor (The Fall of Berlin 1945) on the possibility of Eisenhower's capture of Berlin before the Soviets' arrival there in 1945; and Robert Dallek (the upcoming An Unfinished Life about John F. Kennedy) on one of the most agonizing American "what if"s of all: what might have happened if JFK hadn't been assassinated.
In this new collection of never-before-published essays, the brightest historians speculate about some of America's more intriguing crossroads.
About the Author
Robert Cowley is the founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, which has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is the editor of What If ?(tm), volumes I and II, No End Save Victory, and With My Face to the Enemy.
Table of Contents
Might the Mayflower not have sailed? / Theodore K. Rabb — William Pitt the Elder and the avoidance of the American revolution / Caleb Carr — What the fog wrought : the Revolution's Dunkirk, August 29, 1776 / David McCullough — "His accidency" John Tyler / Tom Wicker — Lew Wallace and the ghosts of the Shunpike / Victor Davis Hanson — If the lost order hadn't been lost : Robert E. Lee humbles the union, 1862 / James M. McPherson — The Northwest conspiracy / Thomas Fleming — Beyond the wildest dreams of John Wilkes Booth / Jay Winik — The revolution of 1877 / Cecelia Holland — The whale against the wolf : the Anglo-American War of 1896 / Andrew Roberts — No Pearl Harbor : FDR delays the war / John Lukacs — If Eisenhower had gone to Berlin / Antony Beevor — Joe McCarthy's secret life / Ted Morgan — If the U-2 hadn't flown / George Feifer — The Cuban missile crisis : second holocaust / Robert L. O'Connell — JFK lives / Robert Dallek — What if Watergate were still just an upscale address? / Lawrence Malkin and John F. Stacks.
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