What Ifs? of American History

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425198186
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/7/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 590,438
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

What Ifs?™ of American HistoryList of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction by RObert Cowley

Theodore K. Rabb
Might the Mayflower Not Have Sailed?

Caleb Carr
William Pitt the Elder and the Avoidance of the American Revolution

David McCullough
What the Fog Wrought: The Revolution's Dunkirk, August 29, 1776

Tom Wicker
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

Thomas Fleming
The Northwest Conspiracy

Jay Winick
Beyond the Wildest Dreams of John Wilkes Booth

Cecelia Holland
The Revolution 1877

Andrew Roberts
The Whale Against the Wolf: THe Anglo-American War of 1896

John Lukacs
No Pearl Harbor?: FDR Delays the War

Antony Beevor
If Eisenhower Had Gone to Berlin

Ted Morgan
Joe McCarthy's Secret Life

George Feifer
If the U-2 Hadn't Flown

Robert L. O'Connell
The Cuban Missle Crisis: Second Holocaust

Robert Dallek
JFK Lives

Lawrence Malkin and John F. Stacks
What It Watergate Were Still Just and Upscale Address?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    Great Way of Looking at History

    This would a fine addition to any history library. It takes seventeen events, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Watergate, and postulates what might have happened if they'd gone just a little differently. The results are entirely plausible and very often surprising. The essays are very well written. This will be hard to put down once you've started.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    If you like counterfactual history

    This continues Robert Cowley's series on speculating what happens if one key fact in history turns the other way. Two essays are reprints from prior books.

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