If Kennedy Lived

If Kennedy Lived

The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy : An Alternate History

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Penguin Putnam
"On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, this is the book to read. An intelligent, often haunting book about what America and the world would have looked like if John Kennedy had lived."--Fareed Zakaria

From one of the country’s most brilliant political commentators, the bestselling author of Then Everything Changed, an extraordinary, thought-provoking look at Kennedy’s presidency?after November 22, 1963.

November 22, 1963: JFK does not die. What would happen to his life, his presidency, his country, his world?

In Then Everything Changed, Jeff Greenfield created an ?utterly compelling” (Joe Klein), ?riveting” (The New York Times), ?eye-opening” (Peggy Noonan), ?captivating” (Doris Kearns Goodwin) exploration of three modern alternate histories, ?with the kind of political insight and imagination only he possesses” (David Gregory). Based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting, and his own knowledge of the players, the book looked at the tiny hinges of history?and the extraordinary changes that would have resulted if they had gone another way.

Now he presents his most compelling narrative of all about the historical event that has riveted us for fifty years. What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket? How would Kennedy, in his second term, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the Cold War? With Hoover as an enemy, would his indiscreet private life finally have become public? Would his health issues have become so severe as to literally cripple his presidency? And what small turns of fate in the days and years before Dallas might have kept him from ever reaching the White House in the first place?

As with Then Everything Changed, the answers Greenfield provides and the scenarios he develops are startlingly realistic, rich in detail, shocking in their projections, but always deeply, remarkably plausible. It is a tour de force of American political history.


Random House, Inc.
"On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, this is the book to read. An intelligent, often haunting book about what America and the world would have looked like if John Kennedy had lived."--Fareed Zakaria

From one of the country’s most brilliant political commentators, the bestselling author ofThen Everything Changed, an extraordinary, thought-provoking look at Kennedy’s presidency—after November 22, 1963.

November 22, 1963: JFK does not die. What would happen to his life, his presidency, his country, his world?

In Then Everything Changed, Jeff Greenfield created an “utterly compelling” (Joe Klein), “riveting” (The New York Times), “eye-opening” (Peggy Noonan), “captivating” (Doris Kearns Goodwin) exploration of three modern alternate histories, “with the kind of political insight and imagination only he possesses” (David Gregory). Based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting, and his own knowledge of the players, the book looked at the tiny hinges of history—and the extraordinary changes that would have resulted if they had gone another way.

Now he presents his most compelling narrative of all about the historical event that has riveted us for fifty years. What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket? How would Kennedy, in his second term, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the Cold War? With Hoover as an enemy, would his indiscreet private life finally have become public? Would his health issues have become so severe as to literally cripple his presidency? And what small turns of fate in the days and years before Dallas might have kept him from ever reaching the White House in the first place?

As with Then Everything Changed, the answers Greenfield provides and the scenarios he develops are startlingly realistic, rich in detail, shocking in their projections, but always deeply, remarkably plausible. It is a tour de force of American political history.

Baker & Taylor
Shares an assessment of Kennedy's administration as it might have evolved had he not been assassinated, covering such topics as the 1964 campaign, his private life issues, and his approaches to Vietnam, civil rights, and the Cold War.

Baker
& Taylor

The host of the PBS news show Need to Know shares a thought-provoking assessment of the 35th President's administration as he believes it would have evolved had Kennedy not been assassinated, covering such topics as the 1964 campaign, his private-life issues and his approaches to Vietnam, civil rights and the Cold War. By the award-winning author of Then Everything Changed. (This book was previously featured in Forecast.)

Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399166969
0399166963
Characteristics: xv, 249 pages ; 24 cm

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Yavin
Apr 29, 2017

I disagree with rene1951. While this could, at a long stretch, be classified loosely as Sci Fi, this is more an exercise in political/historical speculation using what has actually occurred to discover possibly could have followed. As such, in the afterward, the author gives a combination of his reasoning with a bibliography. Everything prior to Dallas is real, everything afterward is a combination of rearranging historical events/speeches/conversations/etc and speculation. The result is a fascinating look at a timeline that wasn't. A must for alternate history buffs and real history buffs alike.

AEPowers60 Apr 03, 2014

Interesting speculation to be filed under the heading of alternative history. Greenfield's "counterfactuals" are based on deductions arrived at from talking to contemporaries and otherwise solid research.

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