Almost America: From the Colonists to Clinton: a "What If" History of the U.S. Steve Tally Almost America From the Colonists to Clinton a What If History of the U S American history is full of difficult choices that could have gone the other way Now Steve Tally sends you back to the most important moments in our nation s history and takes the other fork in the ro
  • Title: Almost America: From the Colonists to Clinton: a "What If" History of the U.S.
  • Author: Steve Tally
  • ISBN: 9780380800919
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
Almost America: From the Colonists to Clinton: a "What If" History of the U.S. Steve TallyAmerican history is full of difficult choices that could have gone the other way Now Steve Tally sends you back to the most important moments in our nation s history and takes the other fork in the road.What if the President Nixon had refused to resign and instead faced impeachment.What if George Bush had dropped Dan Quale from the 1992 Republican ticket What if TeddyAmerican history is full of difficult choices that could have gone the other way Now Steve Tally sends you back to the most important moments in our nation s history and takes the other fork in the road.What if the President Nixon had refused to resign and instead faced impeachment.What if George Bush had dropped Dan Quale from the 1992 Republican ticket What if Teddy Roosevelt had outlawed the new American sport of football as he threatened to do in 1906.What if IBM hadn t asked Bill Gates and Microsoft to write computer code for its first personal computer Decisions were made The rules were set The battles were won But there was always the possibility of another outcome Almost America unravels the threads of our nations history from the Puritan preachers of the 1970 s to the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton and takes you to America or Americas that might have been.
Almost America: From the Colonists to Clinton: a "What If" History of the U.S. Steve Tally

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  1. A good list of history and alternative history of the US history From the first colonist to Clinton Each chapters is divided in two parts One is what happened and the other is a short alternate history A must have for alternate history fans.

  2. Steve Tally presents a collection of counterfactual history essays in this collection spanning United States history from the founding to the Clinton era The chapters are short and to the point, great reading for when you have a few minutes or want to pass a chapter before bed Each topic is introduced with a summary of the point of divergence event, an introduction to how actual history unfolded, and a short what if scenario of what might have happened differently Refreshingly, few topics have t [...]

  3. This book consists of a number of brief alternate history essays It falls into the usual trap of non fiction counterfactuals they don t generally extrapolate what happens very far after the divergence, usually stopping after a few decades Nevertheless, there were several interesting scenarios that make this worth reading.The standouts include Morse never invents the telegraph, leading to a fragmented U.S Robert E Lee becomes the commander of the Union army, which keeps Virginia and other southe [...]

  4. Very good despite a few little factual errors.Some of these are really thought provoking and well thought out I especially enjoyed the one concerning Teddy Roosevelt following through with his plan to ban college football unless they did something to curb the extreme violence 23 young men died in the 1905 season The consequences were interesting and I thought very plausible.The book is marred by a few factual errors They really are not terribly important to the outcome of the author s alternate [...]

  5. Interesting Counterfactual Scenarios The sense I got when I read the might have beens in this book was that God seemed to be watching over the development of America the securing of our independence in the eighteenth century and that we didn t self destruct or fragment in the nineteenth That thirteen colonies on the Eastern Seaboard could break from Britain was deemed highly improbable, and it took a lot of providence to bring it about The one scenario that I thought was WAY off base was the 199 [...]

  6. Like most what if books about history, this one leaves a bit to be desired Each chapter has several pages of background material that leads up to the conflict in question ex should Washington cross the Delaware River or should George Bush dump Dan Quayle as his VP After that is has several pages of speculation, complete with made up conversations between the major players The final section of each chapter contains what actually happened.The book is amusing and thought provoking in many places, b [...]

  7. This book was a very interesting look at some events in the history of the US that could have turned out very differently The author goes into a bit detail than I, a low key history buff, would have liked It took me awhile to get through this one because a I m in grad school and b it wasn t gripping Excellent book for history buffs and brings out a couple of interesting points in history I don t remember learning about before Towards the end the author seems a little bit partisan, but that does [...]

  8. 2.5 stars some of the what if scenarios seemed a stretch I think if they were fleshed out a bit I d be able to follow the train of thought of the author better that being said, some other scenarios were fascinating to me, especially the u 2, the jungle by Upton Sinclair yuck , Lee joining the union army, Microsoft, and the Apollo 11 mission definitely a book for history buffs and speculators.

  9. Interesting and informative read But some mistakes this author makes are ludicrous For example, he says Bill Gates invented the Fortran computer language According to , Fortran was developed by IBM in the 50 s, about the time Gates was born Such glaring errors make me skeptical about the author s fact checking due diligence.

  10. A really fun, thought provoking introduction to studying American history Some scenarios are a little plausible than others, but that is the nature of the writing Every page is filled with imagination, blurring the lines between fact and fiction.

  11. didn t care too much about the what if scenarios so I skipped them I was too worried about remembering the fake history as real and making a fool of myself in conversation.

  12. Very interesting what if scenarios My favorite being Robert E Lee joins the Union and Teddy Roosevelt outlaws football.

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