What If?

What If?

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

Book - 2000 | Berkley trade paperback edition
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With its in-depth reflections on the monumental events of the past, this amazing book of essays ponders what might have been if things had gone differently in history. Featuring Stephen J. Ambrose , John Keegan , and many others.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, published by The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc., 2000
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 0425176428 (pbk.)
9780425176429 (pbk.)
0399145761 (hardcover)
9780399145766 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 355.48 WHA
Characteristics: xiv, 395 pages : illustrations, maps ; 234 cm


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Jan 26, 2015

I checked this book out when I realized that this was literally going to be like the best fan fiction ever- alternate timeline histories from some of the greatest historians of the last century. How could this fail, right?

A very potentially entertaining idea... not fully executed well though. Some of the essays by different historians are hit or miss, although one or two are electrifying and utterly fascinating.

Some of the essays fail when most of it is a regurgitation of true historical events for 90% of the whole chapter, followed by a brief and utterly anticlimactic "If so so had done X instead of Y, then there would be a different outcome. End of essay". The essays that really soar are the ones that take the biggest, boldest risks in extrapolating far down the road how the world would be different today (in detail) had events differed by one second, one decision, or one more stroke of luck... for better or worse.


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