Almost History: Close Calls, Plan B's, and Twists of Fate in America's Past by Roger Bruns, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Almost History: Close Calls, Plan B's, and Twists of Fate in America's Past (Fall River Press Edition)
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Almost History: Close Calls, Plan B's, and Twists of Fate in America's Past (Fall River Press Edition)

by Roger Bruns
     
 

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“Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay to rest in peace….These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, know there is no hope for their recovery.”

Fortunately, these stirring words were never spoken by President Richard Nixon. Like many speeches, this one was written in preparation for events that

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“Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay to rest in peace….These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, know there is no hope for their recovery.”

Fortunately, these stirring words were never spoken by President Richard Nixon. Like many speeches, this one was written in preparation for events that might have happened, but never did. Almost History is a fascinating collection of speeches, memos, and other archival material that reveals how our government would have handled historic moments that nearly came to be. Among these documentary moments are:

  • JFK’s prepared address justifying the bombing of Cuba during the 1962 Missile Crisis;
  • Abraham Lincoln’s plans for post-Civil War Reconstruction;
  • the authorization to use nuclear weapons in the Vietnam War;
  • the CIA’s memo discussing the use of Americans as guinea pigs in drug tests;
  • the FBI’s memo on deporting John Lennon.
This extraordinary and often provocative material demonstrates, in handwritten notes, telegrams, memos, and photographs, just how close America came to defeat, disaster, and national distress—and provides chilling proof that the course of history can change in an instant.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760792254
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
04/14/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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