What If?: The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine what Might Have Been : Essays, Volume 1

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Robert Cowley, Stephen E. Ambrose
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999 - History - 395 pages
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Historians 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.

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Review: What If? The World's Foremost Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (What If #1)

User Review  - Bill Glover - Goodreads

Christ that took forever to read! I normally don't read military history because it is the study of complete diplomatic failure, and often doesn't concern itself with the social, economic, political ... Read full review

Review: What If? The World's Foremost Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (What If #1)

User Review  - Manuel72 - Goodreads

Not particularly well written, and yet an interesting read. There are so many what ifs in history (some documented but many not) that it is pretty pointless to speculate on what might have been based ... Read full review

Contents

Infectious Alternatives William H McNeill
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No Glory That Was Greece Victor Davis Hanson
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Conquest Denied Josiah Ober
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About the author (1999)

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.

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