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

Author(s): Jeff Greenfield


This is the "The New York Times" bestseller from Jeff Greenfield, the renowned "CBS News" senior political correspondent and veteran of CNN and ABC news, offering an alternative history of America. 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.

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"Shrewdly written...riveting...Thanks to Mr. Greenfield's own familiarity with American politics and a lot of energetic research, he turns these twists of fate into accelerating historical snowballs that rumble through our recent history, altering the social landscape in way both small and large. In doing so he's produced three slyly observed novellas that...have the verisimilitude of real life." - Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times" "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 which remind us just how much individuals do matter." - Bob Schieffer "Jeff Greenfield is a wonderful story-teller and a keen student of politics. A powerful what-if book that seems painfully, tantalizingly real." - Evan Thomas, Author, "The War Lovers, Sea of Thunder," and "Robert Kennedy: His Life"

Jeff Greenfield is the CBS News senior political correspondent, and a veteran of CNN and ABC News. A four-time Emmy Award winner, he is the author or co-author of eleven books. He lives in New York City.

General Fields

  • : 9780425245330
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • : 0.435
  • : June 2012
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 26mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2012
  • : books

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  • : Jeff Greenfield
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 973.92
  • : 448