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“It can be an enlightening exercise to challenge the belief that what happened had to happen. Usually it didn’t. 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 era’s 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 president’s 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
Posted November 15, 2013
This is a fascinating speculation on what might have happened if John F. Kennedy was wounded, but not killed, in Dallas. The author displays a great deal of knowledge of real historic incidents which indicate clues regarding the details of a second Kennedy term. Unfortunately, like most alternate history books, much of the speculation only scratches the surface.
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Posted December 19, 2013
Mediocre. Let's face it: The point of such 'alternative' histories is to entertain; nothing more. The stuff didn't happen anyway. So the virtues of such an exercise would be suggesting the unexpected, the unlikely, the surprising.
This pedestrian account doesn't really do any of these things. So boring, I had to skim-read the second half, or I would have fallen asleep. Save your money and time.
Posted November 23, 2013