Then Everything Changed

Then Everything Changed

Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reaga n

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101486429
  • 448 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


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.


Praise for Then Everything Changed:

“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

“Filled with fresh revelations and brilliant speculation, Jeff Greenfield’s alternative history is so detailed and persuasive – and the behavior of its protagonists so utterly believable – that it feels like reality itself. This is a remarkable feat of insight, imagination, and storytelling.”
-Richard North Patterson
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