What If?: the World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

What If?: the World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been


Edited by Stephen E. Ambrose, Edited by Robert Cowley

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  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0425176428
  • ISBN 13: 9780425176429
  • Sales rank: 304,173

Product description

With its in-depth reflections on the monumental events of the past, this amazing book of essays ponders what might have been if things had gone differently in history. Featuring Stephen J. Ambrose, John Keegan, and many others.

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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. Cowley has held several senior positions in book and magazine publishing.

Table of contents

List of illustrations Introduction by Robert Cowley Infectious Alternatives - William H. McNeil The Plague that Saved Jerusalem, 701 B.C. A Good Night's Sleep Can Do Wonders - Barbara N. Porter No Glory That Was Greece - Victor Davis Hanson The Persians Win at Salamis, 480 B.C.Conquest Denied - Josiah Ober The Premature Death of Alexander the Great Furor Teutonicus - The Teutoburg Forest, A.D. 9 - Lewis H. Lapham The Dark Ages Made Lighter - Barry S. Strauss The Consequences of Two Defeats The Death That Saved Europe - Cecelia Holland The Mongols Turn Back, 1242 If Only It Had Not Been Such a Wet Summer - Theodore K. Rabb The Critical Decade of the 1520s If the Holy League Hadn't Dithered - Peter Pierson The Immolation of Hernán Cortés - Ross Hassig Tenochtitlán, June 30, 1521 The Repulse of the English Fireships - Geoffrey Parker The Spanish Armada Triumphs, August 8, 1588 Unlikely Victory - Thomas Fleming Thirteen Ways the Americans Could Have Lost the Revolution George Washington's Gamble - Ira D. Gruber What the Fog Wrought - David McCullough The Revolution's Dunkirk, August 29, 1776 Ruler of the World - Alistair Horne Napoleon's Missed Opportunities Napoleon Wins at Waterloo - Caleb Carr If the Lost Order Hadn't Been Lost - James M. McPherson Robert E. Lee Humbles the Union, 1862 A Confederate Cannae and Other Scenarios - Stephen W. Sears How the Civil War Might Have Turned Out Differently Vietnam in America, 1865 - Tom Wicker The What Ifs of 1914 - Robert Cowley The World War That Should Have Never Been Bismarck's Empire: Stillborn - James Chace Thanks, But No Cigar - David Clay Large The Armistice of Desperation - Dennis E. Showalter How Hitler Could Have Won the War - John Keegan The Drive for the Middle East, 1941 What a Taxi Driver Wrought - Williamson Murray Triumph of the Dictators - David Fromkin Our Midway Disaster - Theodore F. Cook, Jr. Japan Springs a Trap, June 4, 1942 The Case of the Missing Carriers - Elihu Rose D Day Fails - Stephen A. Ambrose Atomic Alternatives in Europe The Soviet Invasion of Japan - Robert Cowley Funeral in Berlin - David Clay Large The Cold War Turns Hot China Without Tears - Arthur Waldron If Chiang Kai-shek Hadn't Gambled in 1946 A Quagmire Avoided? - Ted Morgan The End - Robert L. O'Connell