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Counterfactuals--what-if scenarios--fueled countless bull sessions in smoke-filled dorm rooms in the 1960s. What if Sitting Bull had had a machine gun at Little Big Horn? What if Attila the Hun had had a time machine? What if Columbus had landed in India … see full wiki

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Author: Various
Publisher: Putnam Adult
3 reviews about What if...?
review by . November 12, 2002
While the human race as we know it has only one path to the today, small differences in the life of one person could have had dramatic changes in the time line. In this book, prominent historians assume that an event in history was different from the way it actually happened. From this change, they use their best professional judgement to postulate what the differences would be. It is of course interesting, but there are some essays where the historian strays from the highly likely to the most unlikely. …
review by . November 13, 2000
What if George Washington had been captured on Long Island in 1776 and summarily executed by the British?? What if Robert E. Lee and his forces had achieved a decisive victory at Gettysburg in 1862? What if the Normandy Invasion (D Day) had failed in 1944? Your guess is as good as mine but the guesses of eminent historians are much better. Specifically, David McCullough, James M. McPherson, and Stephen E. Ambrose, respectively, who ask "What if?" in reference to these key situations in military …
review by . April 06, 2000
As with any work containing input from a variety of authors, there are good and bad sections. I was disappointed that the majority of essays contained far too much information about what did happen than concentrating on what might have happened, which is what I assumed the purpose of the book to be. James MacPherson's contribution is an excellent example of how the entire work should have been structured, but unfortunately was not. Counterfactual history is a fascinating field, and this work contributes …
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