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Brilliant roster of 'What ifs...',
This review is from: Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!: A World without World War I (Hardcover)
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This is a terrific 'counterfactual' history of the world from 1914 to today. The author 'saves' the life of Archduke Ferdinand and from there creates two possible extreme alternative histories: a best case and a worst case. Both are fascinating and terrifically well written. A counterfactual is a yarn told through the lives and worlds we know but changed to suit extrapolated postulations, so ultimately it is an entertainment rather than a real history but nonetheless there is lots of fun to be had in following these what-if threads. This book is a great example and cracks along at an entertaining pace.