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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Cowley Narrator: Murphy Guyer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The “What If…?” Series Release Date: November 2001 ISBN: 9780743549363
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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.”

    Time

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Meeker | 10/15/2012

    " Definitely not a cover to cover read. The scenarios were all military encounters with more effects relating to the rest of the conflict rather than how it would have changed the world today, which is what I was looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/12/2012

    " Pretty interesting as well. I enjoyed the possibilities. It really makes you think. The Pope one was really sad. I wish that had happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Carpenter | 5/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, although I disagreed with some of the possibilities presented. For what it promises to do, it's an enjoyable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 4/16/2011

    " A pretty thorough analysis of what might have been if (several) key turning points in history had played out differently. Purely theoretical... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clay Davis | 3/17/2011

    " A great collection of some of the best historians and their take on past events and people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 12/5/2010

    " Just ok, the topics weren't of great interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda ODwyer | 1/12/2010

    " I'm a sucker for alternate ending scenerios. This is a great source from a military strategist who ponders the idea of "what if" something happened differently during major military engagements and how the alternate outcome might affect today. Fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanna | 6/29/2009

    " A fun collection of short essays of alternate history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinny | 11/2/2008

    " so far, so good. I now bought the first book, which apparently focuses more on war and battles. This one is about general historical events and directions. Interesting alternate history book. Since it's a compilation, some of the chapters are better than others. A few I didn't bother finishing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ericmgb1974 | 8/1/2008

    " A mixed bag. Not up to the level of consistent quality seen in the first book but still worth the time to read and consider. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/13/2007

    " I enjoyed this much better than the first book, mostly because the emphasis is not on military history, which doesn't interest me as much. Some of the essays were better than others, but overall this was a very satisfying read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kelly | 8/10/2006

    " Good bathroom book - but nothing earth shattering... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 4/1/2003

    " Interesting, though fairly dry and academic, with some authors exhibiting a penchant for storytelling. "

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About the Author

Robert Cowley is the founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. As an American military historian, he has written on periods from the Civil War through World War II and has travelled the entire length of the Western Front—from the North Sea to the Swiss border. He has held several senior positions in book and magazine publishing and has edited several collections of essays. He lives in New York and Connecticut.