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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Cowley, Robert Cowley Narrator: Murphy Guyer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The “What If…?” Series Release Date:
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Historians and philosophers alike have pondered the crucial turning points of history -- events that forever altered the course of civilization and set the stage for the world in which we live today. In this audiobook, some of the most respected minds of our time ask the question "What if..."

–George Washington had never made his miraculous escape from the British on Long Island in the early dawn of August 29, 1776?

–A Confederate aide hadn't accidentally lost General Robert E. Lee's plans for invading the North?

–Alexander the Great had been slain in battle, instead of being saved at the last instant by a loyal bodyguard?

–The Allied invasion of D-Dav had failed?

–The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe?

Both fascinating and frightening, What If?™ offers in-depth reflections on the monumental events of the past and amazing speculations as to what our world might be like had things gone differently in a singular moment in time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating and provocative.”

    The New York Times Book Review

  • “Counterfactual supposes, would-haves, might-haves… in all their dizzying permutations.”


  • “Great fun. You'll have the vertigo-inducing sense that everything, you and me included, could have been very, very different.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Lively exercises in a fascinating game historians call the 'counterfactual.' ”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • What If? shows us that…history is not an inevitable march of dusty names, dates and places, but a precarious, careening ride that could have taken us to any number of destinations.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gordon Howard | 12/12/2013

    " More of the hypothetical questions of history, not fiction, but musings on what might have been. Some of the essays are better than others - the most convincing is the discussion of what might have happened if the U.S. had not dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (hint: it's all bad). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 9/24/2013

    " Take one of my favorite things, add a twist of "what if" too it and you get a nice collection of intriguing theories of how different the world could have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by William | 6/20/2013

    " This was great. The chapters are short and fascinating. I could read 30 of these. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by William | 11/17/2012

    " I like the alternate history genre, but like these essays more for what they tell me about what happened then for any of their speculation about what might have been. Perhaps it's that most seem to come down on the side of Pangloss that this is the best of all possible worlds. "

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