Jeff Greenfield “Then Everything Changed”
April 7th, 2011
Historians and journalists, and not least, novelists, relish the game of “what if.” It seems that speculating on how things might have turned out is irresistible, and when you put that question — what if? — in the head of someone who’s been in politics, and journalism, and history, the result is, well, Jeff Greenfield‘s book “Then Everything Changed.”
What if .. an actual, failed December 1960 assassination attempt on John F. Kennedy had succeeded? Imagine Lyndon Johnson in the White House for the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, and something Greenfield imagines might have been called “The Sixty-Minute War.” What if .. Bobby Kennedy had survived his encounter with Sirhan Sirhan in the Ambassador Hotel in 1968? Imagine a Vietnam War that ends in 1969 — and takes down a classic movie and TV show with it.
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