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  • Published: 19 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780425245330
  • Imprint: Berkley
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $26.99

Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politiics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan


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'Political junkies always play the 'what if' game.  Jeff Greenfield has taken it and turned it into something else entirely-a trio of thought – provoking, interesting, and downright clever scenarios that remind us just how much individuals do matter.'
- Bob Schieffer, moderator, Face the Nation

These things are true:
In December 1960, a suicide bomber paused when he saw the young President-elect John F. Kennedy's family come to the door to wave good-bye . . . In June 1968, Robert F. Kennedy declared victory in California, and then instead of heading to another ballroom, as intended, was hustled off through the kitchen . . . In October 1976, President Ford made a critical gaffe in a debate against Jimmy Carter, turning the tide in an election that had been rapidly narrowing. But what if they had gone the other way?  In three narratives based on memoirs, oral histories, fresh reporting with key participants, and his own knowledge of the principal players, Jeff Greenfield explores how accidents of fate could have altered the course of history . . .

The scenarios that Greenfield depicts are startlingly realistic, rich in detail, shocking in their projections, but always deeply, remarkably plausible.  You will never think about recent American history in the same way again.

'You expect intelligence and a devilish sense of humor and a profound knowledge of political history from Jeff Greenfield.  Then Everything Changed certainly delivers on all three.  But there is a deeper, haunting quality to this book as well.  By adding a simple twist of fate, Greenfield brings fresh-often exhilarating-insights to the history of our times.'
- Joe Klein, columnist, Time magazine

'Greenfield's alternative history is so detailed and persuasive-and the behaviour of its protagonists so utterly believable-that it feels like reality itself.'
- Richard North Patterson, author of The Devil's Light

  • Pub date: 19 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780425245330
  • Imprint: Berkley
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $26.99

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