ISBN-10:
0753818736
ISBN-13:
9780753818732
Pub. Date:
10/28/2005
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
What Might Have Been

What Might Have Been

by Andrew Roberts

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ISBN-13: 9780753818732
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: Phoenix Paperback Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew Roberts took a first in Modern History at Cambridge. He has been a professional historian since the publication of his life of Lord Halifax , The Holy Fox, in 1991. He contributes regularly to the Sunday Telegraph. Lives in Knightsbridge, London, and has two children. His Salisbury won the Wolfson History Prize in 2000. He published Napoleon and Wellington in 2001.

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john257hopper on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I am always fascinated by the concept of conterfactual views of history, but this is a mixed bag. Some were good, like the successful Spanish Armada, successful Gunpowder Plot, Charles I winning the civil war and the alternative American civil war where the North fights against not only the South but Britain and France as well. However, in some of them, the point of divergence was not entirely clear and in some cases, the argumentation confusing, e.g. the one where the Archduke Franz Ferdinand survives assassination. I found some of the developments of future history implausible, e.g. Russia developing into the world's major prosperous liberal democracy purely because of the assassination of Lenin in April 1917; and Molotov taking over as Soviet leader after the execution of Stalin in 1941 for fleeing Moscow, and being the iron strong leader of his country until the date of his real death in 1986. Also, some of them were perhaps tinged with the political assumptions of their authors such as Simon Heffer's view of the course taken by a Heseltine-led Conservative Government after Mrs Thatcher is killed in the Brighton bombing. And David Frum's portrayal of President Gore's reaction to 9/11 falls into the same category, though it is written in a rather tongue-in-cheek style.