What If? by Robert (Edited by) Cowley
Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

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What If? 2 is alternative history at its best. Here's a sampler: Tom Wicker imagines an America where Lincoln didn't free the slaves, Caleb Carr argues that Patton should have been unleashed when the Nazis were vulnerable in the summer of 1944, and Geoffrey C. Ward explores what a more aggressive press corps might have meant for FDR politically. "What might have been" makes for compelling reading.
 

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James Bradley is the author of Flags of Our Fathersand the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. He lives in Rye, NY. ROBERT COWLEY was the founding editor of "MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History" and served as its editor-in-chief for 10 years. He has edited such books as "The Experience of War" and "What If? The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been" and co-edited "The Reader's Companion to Military History". He lives in Connecticut.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated.
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Expanded from the tenth-anniversary issue of Military History Quarterly, this anthology gathers an all-star cast of 34 historians to answer the question “what if?” about a variety of events in world history that could have gone differently.

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series are indeed eminent: they include David McCullough, Tom Fleming and Robert Dallek (though series editor Cowley might have found more than one woman for his roster).

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Thanks to James McPherson, they can read of a battle of Gettysburg fought in 1862 (instead of 1963) and resulting in a Confederate victory, or the consequences of a Confederate defeat at Chancellorsville courtesy of Steven Sears.

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James Bradley writes about a ragtag group of Australian soldiers during WWII who held back thousands of well-trained Japanese forces on the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea and by this Thermopylae-like action prevented the enemy from taking Port Moresby and, thus, Australia;

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