Michael Hagerty's Reviews > Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan

Then Everything Changed by Jeff Greenfield
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Mar 21, 2011

really liked it

I like Jeff Greenfield a lot...have admired his work as a journalist and found him to be just what I expected...smart, pleasant and funny...on the one occasion we met about 20 years ago. So I had high expectations for this book, and for the most part, they've been met.

The opening piece (an assassination of JFK in 1960, prior not only to his taking office but to the Electoral College having voted) is simply riveting. Greenfield puts us in the room as LBJ, Nixon and the men who ran the country 50 years ago work to avert a constitutional crisis.

The rest of the book is 90% as good. The difference? Partly that there is less at stake in the other scenarios, and partly that, as the book gets past the halfway point, Greenfield's "what-ifs" become more clever than brilliant.

Still, it's a very good read, and I'm glad I made it my first e-book.
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