What If?: The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

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647 what ifHistorians and philosophers alike have pondered the crucial turning points of history-events that forever altered the course of civilization, and set the stage for the world in which we live today. In these essays, some of the most respected minds of our time ask the question "What If..."

  • George Washington had never made his miraculous escape from the British on Long Island in the dawn of August 29, 1776?
  • A Confederate aide hadn't accidentally lost General Robert E. Lee's plans for invading the North?
  • Alexander the Great had been slain in battle, instead of saved at the last instant by a loyal bodyguard?
  • The Allied invasion on D-Day had failed?
  • The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe?

Both fascinating and frightening, What If? offers in-depth reflections on the monumental events of the past, and amazing speculations as to what our world might be like had things gone differently in that one singular moment in time.

"Fascinating and provocative."- New York Times Book Review

"The book of the year for any history lover."-Kirkus Reviews

"Counter-factual supposes, would-haves, might-haves, could-haves, possiblys, perhapses, probablys and maybes, in all their dizzying permutations."-Time

"Consistently well-drawn, these scenarios open intellectual as well as imaginative doors."-Publishers Weekly

"Great Fun."-Entertainment Weekly

"A captivating display of historical imagination, What If? takes us through 2,500 years of close squeaks and narrow misses."-C. Vann Woodward, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University

What If? includes contributions by:

  • Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Caleb Carr
  • James Chace
  • Theodore F. Cook, Jr.
  • Robert Cowley
  • Thomas Fleming
  • David Fromkin
  • Ira D. Gruber
  • Victor Davis Hanson
  • Ross Hassig
  • Cecilia Holland
  • Alistair Horne
  • John Keegan
  • Lewis H. Lapham
  • David Clay Large
  • David Mccullough
  • William H. McNeill
  • James M. Mcpherson
  • Ted Morgan
  • Williamson Murray
  • Josiah Ober
  • Robert L. O'Connell
  • Geoffrey Parker
  • Peter Pierson
  • Barbara N. Porter
  • Theodore K. Rabb
  • Elihu Rose
  • Stephen W. Sears
  • Dennis E. Showalter
  • Barry S. Strauss
  • Arthur Waldron
  • Tom Wicker

 

Product Details

  • Author: Collective work
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade
  • ISBN-10: 0425176428
  • Published on: 2000-09-01
  • Original language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 416 pages
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