What Ifs? of American History

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First edition

What Ifs? of American History, subtitled Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been, is a collection of seventeen essays dealing with counterfactual history regarding the United States. It was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 2003, ISBN 0-399-15091-9, and this book as well as its two predecessors, What If? and What If? 2, were edited by Robert Cowley.



  • "Great for history buffs not quite ready for fiction, it is suitable for public libraries and general academic collections."—Library Journal[1]
  • "In this interesting book, the latest in a series using the same gimmick, experts speculate on how things might have worked out differently if some pivotal historical event had not happened." —New York Times[2]

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  1. ^ Frederick J. Augustyn Jr., “Review of What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been,” Library Journal 128.17 (10/15/2003): 83.
  2. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (September 7, 2003). "JERSEY; History Could Have Gone Something Like This . . .". New York Times. Retrieved 23 June 2012.