Saturday, June 12, 2010

History That Might Have Been

What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been by Cowley, Robert (Editor)

There is no surer way to make history come alive than to contemplate those moments when the world's future-the government and wealth of nations, the faith and culture of generations-hung in the balance.

In this volume, many of our brightest historians speculate about some of history's intriguing crossroads and the ways in which our lives may have been changed for the better-or the worse.The twenty-seven original essays range across the full span of history.

Each historian examines a pivotal event, then considers the ramifications had the event come out differently. Contributor's include Victor Davis Hanson, Josiah Ober, Geoffrey Parker, Tom Wicker,and Caleb Carr. Some of my favorites are "Repulse at Hastings, October 14, 1066" by Cecelia Holland, "The Chinese Discovery of the New World, 15th Century" by Theodore F. Cook Jr. and "The Election of Theodore Roosevelt 1912" by John Lukacs.

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