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.
Praise for If Kennedy Lived
“It can be an enlightening exercise to challenge the belief that what happened had to happen. Usually it didnt. In his diverting If Kennedy Lived, Greenfield, the veteran political commentator, asks how things might have played out had John F. Kennedy survived in Dallas.”—The New York Times Book Review
“On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, this is the book to read. An intelligent, often haunting book about what America and the world would have looked like if John Kennedy had lived . . . It's a clever, moving book.”—Fareed Zakaria
“Greenfield grounds his fictional history in research and interviews with some of the eras experts and, as in his previous excursion into alternative history, offers an ending that the reader will not see coming . . . Kennedy-era followers will enjoy this book.”—Library Journal
“Greenfield does good service in demythologizing JFK to suggest that, had he indeed lived, his second term might have been marked by scandal and controversy, a Camelot undone by the presidents own proclivities as much as by the events of the time. . . . Well researched and thought through—an interesting, plausible exercise in pop history.”—Kirkus Reviews
In this new collection of never-before-published essays, the brightest historians speculate about some of America's more intriguing crossroads.
The New York Times bestselling series continues with more provocative essays by preeminent historians.
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.
About the Author
Jeff Greenfield is a five-time Emmy Award-winning analyst and has been a correspondent and commentator for CBS, ABC, CNN, and PBS; a columnist for Time magazine; and a writer for Harper's and The New York Times Magazine. He also worked in politics as a Senate aide, a speechwriter for such men as Senator Robert F. Kennedy and New York mayor John Lindsay, and a political strategist. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including the national bestseller Then Everything Changed, an insider's account of the contested 2000 presidential election.
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?