What if Stalin had signed with the West in 1939? What if the Allies had been defeated on D-Day? And what if Hitler had won the war?
From the Munich crisis to the dropping of the first atom bomb, and from Hitler's declaration of war on the United States to the D-Day landings - historians suggest "what would have been" if key events in the war had gone differently. Written by an exceptional team of historians as if these world-changing events had really happened, realistic scenarios based on the true capabilities and circumstances of the opposing forces are projected with chilling implications. What if the Nazis had taken London? The alternate outcomes are fascinating and fully realized. If the Allies Had Fallen is a spirited and terrifying alternate history, and a telling insight into the dramatic possibilities of World War II.
Contributors include Thomas M. Barker, Harold C. Deutsch, Walter S. Dunn, Robert M. Love, D. Clayton James, Bernard C. Nalty, Richard J. Overy, Paul Schratz, Dennis E. Showalter, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Anne Wells, and Herman S. Wolk.
What if the allies had lost on D-Day, Hitler was assassinated, or America was prepared for the attack on Pearl Harbor? If the Allies Had Fallen examines World War II's vast network of strategic contingencies. Nineteen respected historians speculate on how single decisions and split-second actions might easily have turned out differently, completely rewriting history in the process. Jaunty performer Joe Barrett oversees the proceedings with the brusque, gritty baritone of a field general. This anthology of counterfactuals reminds audiences that there was a time when past was present, and a whole realm of possibility lay open. The imaginative performances show listeners that considering alternative - perhaps preferable - outcomes to those we inherit allows one to better understand the lessons of history.
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not quite as i expected.
- Alexander Stillion