The Collected What If?: Eminent Historians Imagining what Might Have Been : Essays

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Robert Cowley
Putnam, 2001 - Social Science - 827 pages
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Historians and philosophers alike have pondered the crucial turning points of history--the 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 as the question "What if...": Pontius Pilate hadn't ordered Jesus Christ's crucifixion? Abraham Lincoln hadn't abolished slavery? A Confederate aide hadn't accidentally lost General Robert E. Lee's plans for invading the North? The Allied invasion of D Day had failed? Pope Pius XII had spoken out against the Holocaust? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? --From publisher's description.

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Review: The Collected What If? Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (What If #1-2)

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

It's lovely to indulge in 'what if' thoughts or historical fantasies, but fleshing out some of those alternate 'turning point' histories with the insight provided by experienced historians was a total ... Read full review

Review: The Collected What If? Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (What If #1-2)

User Review  - John - Goodreads

While it is true that this collection is more of an exploration of possible turning points than it is true alternative history, it was a very good read. I was impressed with the ability of historians ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Caleb Carr, a lifetime resident of New York, was born in 1955 and grew up on the Lower East Side. His father was an editor and close friend to famous Beat Generation writers, such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Although Carr was personally exposed to their style of writing and Bohemian lifestyles, he chose to take his own work in a different direction. Where the Beat writers wrote purely from expression and feelings, Caleb Carr's works are diligently researched and known for their historical accuracy. Caleb Carr developed a love of history at a young age, acquiring a keen interest in military history while attending a Quaker high school. This interest led him to major in history at Kenyon College and NYU. Notable works by Caleb Carr are The Alienist, which was on the New York Times' bestseller list for 24 weeks; The Devil Soldier; and Angel of Darkness. In addition to writing fiction, Carr is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

Robert Cowley is the cofounder & editor of "MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History" & the editor of the anthology "Experience of War".

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