By Jeff Greenfield
From one of many country’s so much awesome political commentators, the bestselling writer of Then every little thing Changed, a unprecedented, thought-provoking examine Kennedy’s presidency—after November 22, 1963.
November 22, 1963: JFK doesn't die. What may occur to his existence, his presidency, his state, his world?
In Then every thing Changed, Jeff Greenfield created an "utterly compelling" (Joe Klein), "riveting" (The big apple Times), "eye-opening"” (Peggy Noonan), "captivating" (Doris Kearns Goodwin) exploration of 3 smooth exchange histories, "with the type of political perception and mind's eye simply he possesses" (David Gregory). in line with memoirs, histories, oral histories, clean reporting, and his personal wisdom of the gamers, the booklet checked out the tiny hinges of history—and the extreme adjustments that may have resulted in the event that they had long gone one other way.
Now he offers his such a lot compelling narrative of all concerning the old occasion that has riveted us for 50 years. What if Kennedy weren't killed that fateful day? What may the 1964 crusade have gave the impression of? might adjustments were made to the price tag? How could Kennedy, in his moment time period, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the chilly warfare? With Hoover as an enemy, could his indiscreet inner most existence eventually became public? could his wellbeing and fitness concerns became so critical as to actually cripple his presidency? And what small turns of destiny within the days and years ahead of Dallas may have saved him from ever achieving the White condo within the first place?
As with Then every thing Changed, the solutions Greenfield presents and the situations he develops are startlingly lifelike, wealthy intimately, surprising of their projections, yet consistently deeply, remarkably believable. it's a travel de strength of yankee political background.
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