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    Description'Anyone interested in military history or indeed history in general will find it fascinating to read' - "Spectator". "What If?" is a collection of counterfactual essays dealing with military events. Concentrating on some of the most intriguing military history turning points of the last 3,000 years, twenty celebrated historians, including Alistair Horne and John Keegan, have come together to produce a group of essays that enhance our current understanding of decisive events. 'Pure, almost illicit pleasure. What makes these essays tremendously diverting is how little they strain one's sense of credibility' - Andrew Roberts, "Sunday Telegraph". 'These informed, elegant essays authoritively analyse incidents over the past 3,000 years' - "The Times". 'One of the delights of the book is that broad speculative analysis is built from a mass of exciting detail. This make for a top-class bed-side read' - "Financial Times".


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    Title
    What If?
    Subtitle
    Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Cowley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 270 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330487245
    ISBN 10: 0330487248
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    DC21: 909
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D, 3F, 3H, 3J
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JWA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3H, 3J, 3D, 3F, 3B
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHT, JWA
    Illustrations note
    25 black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    04 June 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Robert Cowley is the Editor-in-Chief of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History - the most popular history magazine in the United States. The authors are some of the best known British and American historians writing today.
    Review quote
    "'Anyone interested in military history or indeed history in general will find it fascinating to read.' Spectator 'Pure, almost illicit pleasure... What makes these essays tremendously diverting is how little they strain one's sense of credibility.' Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph 'These informed, elegant essays authoritively analyse incidents over the past 3,000 years.' The Times 'One of the delights of the book is that broad speculative analysis is built from a mass of exciting detail. This make for a top-class bed-side read.' Financial Times"
    Review text
    As an exercise, this has been done before, both in fiction and in academic writing, but it remains a popular game. A selection of top-class historians and writers make claims for how close history was to being different, and what the outcomes could have been. Thus, we have John Keegan on a Hitlerian victory, Geoffrey Parker on the triumph of the Spanish Armada against the English in 1588, Alistair Horne on Napoleon's triumph at Waterloo, and Victor Davis Hanson on the defeat of the putative Greek empire by the Persian in 480 BC, among many others. Fascinating and sobering. (Kirkus UK)