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What if Lincoln didn't abolish slavery? What if an assassin succeeded in killing FDR in 1933? This volume presents 25 intriguing "what if..." scenarios by some of today's greatest historical minds-including James Bradley, Caleb Carr, James Chace, Theodore F. Cook, Jr., Carlos M.N. Eire, George Feifer, Thomas Fleming, Richard B. Frank, Victor Davis Hanson, Cecelia Holland, Alistair Horne, David Kahn, Robert Katz, John Lukacs, William H. McNeill, Lance Morrow, Williamson Murray, Josiah Ober, Robert L. O'Connell, Geoffrey Parker, Theodore K. Rabb, Andrew Roberts, Roger Spiller, Geoffrey C. Ward, and Tom Wicker.


In this follow-up to the "fascinating and provocative" ("New York Times") bestseller, this volume presents 25 intriguing scenarios by some of today's greatest historical minds.

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

List of Maps and Illustrations

Introduction by Robert Cowley

Socrates Dies at Delium, 424 B.C. - Victor Davis Hanson

The consequences of a single battle casualty

Not by a Nose - Josiah Ober

The triumph of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium, 31 B.C.

Pontius Pilate Spares Jesus - Carlos M. N. Eire

Christianity without the Crucifixion

Repulse at Hastings, October 14, 1066 - Cecelia Holland

William does not conquer England

The Chinese Discovery of the New World, 15th Century - Theodore F. Cook, Jr.

What the expeditions of a eunuch admiral might have led to

Martin Luther Burns at the Stake, 1521 - Geoffrey Parker

"O God, is Luther dead?"

If Charles I Had Not Left Whitehall, August 1641 - Theodore K. Rabb

As a starter, no English civil war

Napoleon's Invasion of North America - Thomas Fleming

Aedes aegypti takes a holiday, 1802

If Lincoln Had Not Freed the Slaves - Tom Wicker

The inevitable results of no Emancipation Proclamation

France Turns the Other Cheek, July 1870 - Alistair Horne

The needless war with Prussia

The Election of Theodore Roosevelt, 1912 - John Lukacs

Brokering an earlier end to World War I

The Great War Torpedoed - Robert L. O'Connell

The weapon that could have won the war for Germany in 1915

No Finland Station - George Feifer

A Russian Revolution without Lenin?

The Luck of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Geoffrey C. Ward

Seven might-not-have-beens on the road to the presidency

The War of 1938 - Williamson Murray

Chamberlain fails to sway Hitler at Munich

Prime Minister Halifax - Andrew Roberts

Great Britain makes peace with Germany, 1940

The Boys Who Saved Australia, 1942 - James Bradley

Small events can have large results

Enigma Uncracked - David Kahn

The Allies fail to break the German cipher machine

Pius XII Protests the Holocaust - Robert Katz

VE Day - November 11, 1944 - Caleb Carr

The unleashing of Patton and Montgomery

The Führer in the Dock - Roger Spiller

A speculation on the banality of evil

No Bomb: No End - Richard B. Frank

The Operation Olympic disaster, Japan 1945

The Presidency of Henry Wallace - James Chace

If FDR had not dumped his vice president in 1944

A Tale of Three Congressmen, 1948 - Lance Morrow

America without Nixon, Johnson, and Kennedy

What If Pizarro Had Not Found Potatoes in Peru? - William H. McNeil

The humble roots of history

Product Details

Cowley, Robert
Berkley Books
Cowley, Robert
Cowley, Robert
New York
Military - General
Imaginary wars and battles
Imaginary histories
World - General
General History
Metaphysics-Speculative History
Military-General History
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
8.76 x 6.1 x 1 in 1.07 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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