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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (302 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Greenfield Narrator: Michael Krame Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A brilliant and brilliantly entertaining tour de force of American politics from one of journalism’s most acclaimed commentators. 

History turns on a dime. A missed meeting, a different choice of words, and the outcome changes dramatically. Nowhere is this truer than in the field where Jeff Greenfield has spent most of his working life, American politics, and in three dramatic narratives based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting with journalists and key participants, and Greenfield’s own knowledge of the principal players, he shows just how extraordinary those changes would have been. These things are true: in December 1960, a suicide bomber paused fatefully when he saw the young president-elect’s wife and daughter come to the door to wave goodbye. In June 1968, RFK declared victory in California, and then instead of talking to people in another ballroom, as intended, was hustled off through the kitchen. In October 1976, President Gerald Ford made a critical gaffe in a debate against Jimmy Carter, turning the tide in an election that had been rapidly narrowing. 

But what if it had gone the other way? The scenarios that Greenfield depicts are startlingly realistic, rich in detail, shocking in their projections, but always deeply, remarkably plausible. You will never think about recent American history in the same way again.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamie | 2/18/2014

    " Although the book is about Cold War politics, it ends up being genuinely engaging by taking three events considered to be turning points in the careers of certain politicians (a failed assassination attempt on JFK during the 1960 presidential race, RFK's assassination, and Gerald Ford's public relations fiasco related to Eastern Europe during the 1976 Presidential race) and goes with what almost happened. From there, the author uses his political knowledge to construct an alternate history. All three narratives are interesting based on the merits of the extremely realistic presentation (each alternate timeline is meticulously researched and could easily have happened in real life); however, another fun part of the book are the minor political shout-outs scattered throughout. While some are easy to catch, others are a little trickier and encourage the reader to pay attention to how events that came very close to happening, and, more importantly, the events that actually happened, have influenced more modern political figures. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in politics, especially that of the Cold War era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clay Davis | 2/17/2014

    " A fair look at the political system in America. The wars both military and political were very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick | 1/21/2014

    " Three interesting alternate political histories revolving around the 1960, 1968 and 1976 presidential elections. Not sure I agree with all of Greenfield's conclusions (for example, I think Nixon's candidacy would've imploded if it became clear he would face another Kennedy) but they are definitely well-researched and cleverly presented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roger | 1/19/2014

    " Interesting book. We all love "what if's" but this one takes it to high levels. What if RFK survived the assassination attempt was the most fascinating. The others are a stretch and not as dramatic, but fun nonetheless. Only problem is the book is imbued with the mainstream media liberal approach that these kinds of solutions are the best for the country. Not so much. "

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