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 originalNew 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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(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 Illustrations||xi|
|Might the Mayflower Not Have Sailed?||1|
|William Pitt the Elder and the Avoidance of the American Revolution||17|
|What the Fog Wrought: The Revolution's Dunkirk, August 29, 1776||43|
|"His Accidency" John Tyler||55|
|Lew Wallace and the Ghosts of the Shunpike||67|
|If the Lost Order Hadn't Been Lost: Robert E. Lee Humbles the Union, 1862||87|
|The Northwest Conspiracy||103|
|Beyond the Wildest Dreams of John Wilkes Booth||127|
|The Revolution of 1877||147|
|The Whale Against the Wolf: The Anglo-American War of 1896||163|
|No Pearl Harbor?: FDR Delays the War||179|
|If Eisenhower Had Gone to Berlin||189|
|Joe McCarthy's Secret Life||205|
|If the U-2 Hadn't Flown||225|
|The Cuban Missile Crisis: Second Holocaust||251|
|What If Watergate Were Still Just an Upscale Address?||285|
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What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Professional historians (of which I'm one), will start telling stories about the past at the drop of a hat. That tendency is on full display in the "What If?" series, where essay after essay spends 80-90% of its length on what *actually* happened, leaving the counter-factual scenario as a brief afterthought. This third volume in the series is no exception: Roughly 2/3 of the essays are more about what was than what might have been. The real events are often excitingly told (David McCullough in fine form, narrating Washington's desperate nighttime escape after the Battle of Long Island), little known (guerrilla warfare after Appomatox), or unexpectedly significant (the debate over VP John Tyler's right to ascend to the presidency after William Henry Harrison died in office). Fans of alternate history may, however, find themselves wishing that the authors had saved it for a book of straight historical essays, and gotten on with the good bits. I'm with them.The two best pieces in the book are (no surprise) written from viewpoints within their counter-factual worlds: One on the Anglo-American War of 1895 and one on the nuclear war that resulted from the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. They're well worth the time of even a casual alternate history fan . . . or anyone interested in war and diplomacy in the 20th century.