What Ifs? Of American History by Robert Cowley
By Robert Cowley
Did Eisenhower steer clear of a showdown with Stalin via no longer taking Berlin ahead of the Soviets? What may have occurred if JFK hadn't been assassinated? This new quantity within the broadly praised sequence offers attention-grabbing "what if..." eventualities by way of such in demand historians as: Robert Dallek, Caleb Carr, Antony Beevor, John Lukacs, Jay Winick, Thomas Fleming, Tom Wicker, Theodore Rabb, Victor David Hansen, Cecelia Holland, Andrew Roberts, Ted Morgan, George Feifer, Robert L. O'Connell, Lawrence Malkin, and John F. Stacks. integrated are crucial bonus essays reprinted from the unique ny instances bestseller What If?(tm)-David McCullough imagines Washington's disastrous defeat on the conflict of ny, and James McPherson envisions Lee's profitable invasion of the North in 1862.
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Elsewhere we find land hunger, dreams of wealth, imperial ambition, political dissent, or simple wanderlust, but here all the talk was of religion. The result, given the harsh climate and terrain the adventurers inherited, abundant only in fish, was a society very different from its 14 Might the Mayflower Not Have Sailed? neighbors to the south. To some extent, of course, it was the Puritans’ Calvinism that had long emphasized thrift, sobriety, and hard work as especially godly virtues. But there is no question that their insistence on discipline and honest labor (to be rewarded by God both in this world and the next, they hoped) was reinforced, and to some extent inspired, by the land that they inhabited.
In pre-Revolutionary Britain, these reforms were most eloquently promoted by William Pitt, in a series of nearfrenzied yet wondrous speeches that sometimes even succeeded in swaying decisive numbers of votes. Such was the case when he appeared several times—often seriously ill and on crutches—to argue against the 27 W H AT I F S ? O F A M E R I C A N H I S T O R Y infamous Stamp Act. ” No illness could keep his rhetoric from becoming lofty, scathing invective: “When in this House we give and grant, we give and grant what is our own.
If the most publicly beloved political figure of his age,” Carr asks, “and the only man who could hold the power of the reactionaries, the 17 W H AT I F S ? ” CALEB CARR may be best known for his novels, The Alienist, Killing Time, and The Angel of Darkness. But he has also written three books of history, America Invulnerable (with James Chace), The Devil Soldier, and The Lessons of Terror. 18 t h a s b e c o m e c o m m o n p l ac e to refer to the contemporary United States as a “global hegemon”; what is less generally recognized is that America is the first nation in history that can truly lay claim to such a title.