What If? 2

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First edition

What If? 2, subtitled More What If?: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been, is a collection of twenty-five essays dealing with counterfactual history. It was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 2001, ISBN 0-399-14795-0, and edited by Robert Cowley. It is the successor of What If? It was combined with the original What If? in The Collected What If?



  • "As a mental exercise or from simple curiosity, it is not uncommon to wonder what might have happened if an event had ended other than as history records." --Washington Times[1]
  • "A follow-up to the 1999 book by prominent historians who each examine a key moment in history and theorize how a slight turn of fate at a decisive moment could have changed history. The first book helped give alternate history its "serious" look, and this book should cement that." --USA Today[2]


  1. ^ "Playing with alternate history again, Hastings to atom bomb". Washington Times. October 14, 2001. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Squitieri, Tom (December 18, 2001). "Growing book genre gives history a do-over". USA Today. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 

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