Michael Durant's Reviews > What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

What Ifs? of American History by Robert Cowley
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May 07, 2014

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bookshelves: alternate-history, history, post-modernism
Read from April 28 to May 07, 2014

A bit idealistic, especially in the JFK Lives essay. No credit is given to LBJ's mastery of leverage in Congress. It's unlikely that JFK's civil rights agenda would have been as successful.

On the flip side, I really enjoyed the Pitt essay, which committed to counterfactual history and painted a historic golden age of British global hegemony. It was quite mad and fun. Also see Joe McCarthy, Soviet Spy.

I recommend it. From a serious-minded perspective, the Civil War section (the largest grouping of essays) is the strongest.

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