What if?: the world's foremost military historians imagine what might have been : essays, Volume 1
G.P. Putnam's Sons
, 1999 - History
- 395 pages
Historians and inquisitive laymen alike love to ponder the dramatic what-ifs of history. In these twenty never-before-published essays, some of the keenest minds of our time ask the big, tantalizing questions- Where might we be if history had not unfolded the way it did? Why, how, and when was our fortune made real? The answers are surprising, sometimes frightening, and always entertaining. David McCullough imagines George Washington's ignoble end at the hands of the British if he had not made his miraculous escape from Long Island under the cover of fog in the early-morning hours of August 29, 1776. Could this have been the end of the American Revolution? Writing about the Civil War, James M. McPherson suggests that General Robert E.Lee could have moved into Union territory and the ultimate crossroads- Gettysburg- and won it all in 1862, if only his Special Order No.191 had not been found and turned over to General George McClellan. Would the Union have been cleaved in half forever? Stephen Ambrose describes what might have happened if D-Day had failed. What if the storm enveloping the Normandy coast in 1944 had become worse on June 6?