Synopses & Reviews
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