What If?

4 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 290 ratings

What If? Part 1 Publisher's Summary

What if Hitler had won the war, if Japan had another sneak attack, or if the cold war turned hot? What If? provides a fascinating new perspective on history's most pivotal events. Featuring today's foremost historians speculating on what could have happened, we discover where we might be if history had not unfolded the way it did. Listen to these never-before-published essays in which the keenest minds of our time ask big, tantalizing questions about our history and why, how, and when our fortune was made. The answers promise to be surprising, frightening, and entertaining...oh my!

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  • Book 1

    • What If? Part 1

    • Reshaping the 20th Century
    • By: Stephen E. Ambrose, John Keegan, more
    • Narrated by: John Cunningham, Janet Zarish
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    What if Hitler had won the war, if Japan had another sneak attack, or if the cold war turned hot? What If? provides a fascinating new perspective on history's most pivotal events. Featuring today's foremost historians speculating on what could have happened, we discover where we might be if history had not unfolded the way it did.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • For history buffs

    • By Charles on 05-11-04

    Regular price: $17.50

  • Book 2

    • What If? Part 2

    • Watersheds, Revolutions, and Rebellions
    • By: Geoffrey Parker, Thomas Fleming, more
    • Narrated by: Murphy Guyer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Napolean enters Moscow. The second volume of What If? features today's foremost historians speculating on Napoleon's missed opportunities, and other world-altering events. What If?: Volume 1 asked, what if Hitler had won the war, if Japan had another sneak attack, or if the cold war turned hot?

    Regular price: $19.93

  • Book 3

    • What If? Part 3

    • Ancient Wars that Shaped Our World
    • By: William H. McNeil, Victor Davis Hanson, more
    • Narrated by: Murphy Guyer
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Historians and inquisitive laymen alike love to ponder the dramatic what-ifs of history. In these never-before-published essays, some of the keenest minds of our time ask the big, tantalizing questions: Where might we be if history had not unfolded the way it did? Why, how, and when was our fortune made real. The answers are surprising, sometimes frightening, and always entertaining.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Inga Duncan on 06-26-03

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 4

    • What If? Volume 2

    • Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been
    • By: Caleb Carr, Lance Morrow, Cecelia Holland, and others
    • Narrated by: Murphy Guyer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    There is no surer way to make history come alive than to contemplate those moments when the world's future - the government and wealth of nations, the faith and culture of generations - hung in the balance. In this volume, many of our brightest historians speculate about some of history's intriguing crossroads and the ways in which our lives may have been changed for the better - or the worse.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • An interesting book tainted by a poor narrator

    • By Jayson on 08-24-03

    Regular price: $19.93