What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been
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What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

by Robert Cowley


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What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

The "what if?" concept is one of the most original and engaging on the current history bookshelf. These essays, all written with that fresh concept in mind, are chock-full of provocative ideas, and are as accessible to the general reader as they are to the well-read scholar. The first two volumes in the series won unanimous praise. "Fascinating," hailed The New York Times Book Review. "Tantalizing," wrote the Chicago Tribune. "The 'alternate history' or 'what if' mode, plausibly and imaginatively executed, can be entertaining as well as instructive," said The Washington Times. In this new collection of never-before-published essays, our brightest historians speculate on some of the nation's more intriguing crossroads. Among the irresistible highlights: Caleb Carr (author of The Alienist) on America had there been no Revolution; Tom Wicker on the first time a vice-president, John Tyler, succeeded a deceased president, and the surprising ramifications; Jay Winik (April 1865) on the havoc that might have resulted if Booth had succeeded in his plan to assassinate Johnson and Seward as well as Lincoln; Antony Beevor (The Fall of Berlin 1945) on the possibility of Eisenhower's capture of Berlin before the Soviet arrival in 1945; and Robert Dallek (An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963) on one of the most agonizing of all American "what ifs": what might have happened if JFK had not been assassinated. As a bonus in this volume are two articles that any American history collection would not be complete without, reprinted from the original What If?: "What the Fog Wrought," by David McCullough, imagines General Washington's disastrous defeat during the Battle of Long Island, and "If the Lost Order Hadn't Been Lost," by James M. McPherson, envisions General Lee's march into Pennsylvania in 1862, which changes the outcome of the Civil War.

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ISBN-13: 9781402579486
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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 Illustrationsxi
Might the Mayflower Not Have Sailed?1
William Pitt the Elder and the Avoidance of the American Revolution17
What the Fog Wrought: The Revolution's Dunkirk, August 29, 177643
"His Accidency" John Tyler55
Lew Wallace and the Ghosts of the Shunpike67
If the Lost Order Hadn't Been Lost: Robert E. Lee Humbles the Union, 186287
The Northwest Conspiracy103
Beyond the Wildest Dreams of John Wilkes Booth127
The Revolution of 1877147
The Whale Against the Wolf: The Anglo-American War of 1896163
No Pearl Harbor?: FDR Delays the War179
If Eisenhower Had Gone to Berlin189
Joe McCarthy's Secret Life205
If the U-2 Hadn't Flown225
The Cuban Missile Crisis: Second Holocaust251
JFK Lives273
What If Watergate Were Still Just an Upscale Address?285

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