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What Ifs? of American Historyby Robert Cowley
Synopses & Reviews
What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket? How would Kennedy, in his second term, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the Cold War? With Hoover as an enemy, would his indiscreet private life finally have become public? Would his health issues have become so severe as to literally cripple his presidency? And what small turns of fate in the days and years before Dallas might have kept him from ever reaching the White House in the first place?
The answers Greenfield provides and the scenarios he develops are startlingly realistic, rich in detail, shocking in their projections, but always deeply, remarkably plausible. If Kennedy Lived is a tour de force of American history from one of the countrys most brilliant and illuminating political commentators.
Did Eisenhower avoid a showdown with Stalin by not taking Berlin before the Soviets? What might have happened if JFK hadn't been assassinated? This new volume in the widely praised series presents fascinating "what if..." scenarios by such prominent historians as: Robert Dallek, Caleb Carr, Antony Beevor, John Lukacs, Jay Winick, Thomas Fleming, Tom Wicker, Theodore Rabb, Victor David Hansen, Cecelia Holland, Andrew Roberts, Ted Morgan, George Feifer, Robert L. O'Connell, Lawrence Malkin, and John F. Stacks.
Included are two essential bonus essays reprinted from the original New York Times bestseller What If?-David McCullough imagines Washington's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Long Island, and James McPherson envisions Lee's successful invasion of the North in 1862.
The New York Times bestselling series continues with more provocative essays by preeminent historians.
About the Author
Robert Cowley is the founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Cowley has held several senior positions in book and magazine publishing.
Table of Contents
What Ifs?™ of American History List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction by RObert Cowley
Theodore K. Rabb
Might the Mayflower Not Have Sailed?
William Pitt the Elder and the Avoidance of the American Revolution
What the Fog Wrought: The Revolution's Dunkirk, August 29, 1776
His Accidency, John Tyler
Victor Davis Hanson
Lew Wallace and the Ghosts of the Shunpike
James M. McPherson
If the Lost Order Hadn't Been Lost: Robert E. Lee Humbles the Union, 1862
The Northwest Conspiracy
Beyond the Wildest Dreams of John Wilkes Booth
The Revolution 1877
The Whale Against the Wolf: THe Anglo-American War of 1896
No Pearl Harbor?: FDR Delays the War
If Eisenhower Had Gone to Berlin
Joe McCarthy's Secret Life
If the U-2 Hadn't Flown
Robert L. O'Connell
The Cuban Missle Crisis: Second Holocaust
Lawrence Malkin and John F. Stacks
What It Watergate Were Still Just and Upscale Address?
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