What Might Have Been

What Might Have Been

Leading Historians on Twelve 'what Ifs' of History

Book - 2004
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Throughout history, great and terrible events have often hinged on sheer luck. Now, award-winning historian Andrew Roberts has assembled a team of his prominent colleagues, asking them to consider what might have happened if major world events had gone differently. Concentrating on their areas of expertise, distinguished historians re-imagine vital moments in history. George W. Bush's former White House adviser, David Frum, considers a President Gore response to 9/11, while Conrad Black wonders how the U.S. might have entered World War II if the Japanese had not bombed Pearl Harbor. Whether it's Stalin fleeing Moscow in 1941, as envisioned by Simon Sebag Montefiore, or Napoleon not being forced to retreat from it in 1812, as pictured by Adam Zamoyski, these essays posit a fascinating, sometimes horrifying parallel universe.
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004
ISBN: 9780297848776
Branch Call Number: 901 Wha
Characteristics: xv, 188 p
Additional Contributors: Roberts, Andrew 1963-


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Dec 29, 2016

The style and even quality of writing varies a lot: some presuppose a lot of detailed knowledge, whilst others just go with their premise. The best essay was on Stalin by Montefiore, and the funniest by far was the last on Al Gore.

Jun 12, 2012

volumes I & II, short stories

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