Summary

From one of the country's most brilliant political commentators, the bestselling author of Then Everything Changed, an extraordinary, thought-provoking look at Kennedy's presidency - after November 22, 1963.
November 22, 1963: JFK does not die. What would happen to his life, his presidency, his country, his world?
In Then Everything Changed, Jeff Greenfield created an "utterly compelling" (Joe Klein), "riveting" (The New York Times), "eye-opening" (Peggy Noonan), "captivating" (Doris Kearns Goodwin) exploration of three modern alternate histories, "with the kind of political insight and imagination only he possesses" (David Gregory).
Based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting, and his own knowledge of the players, the audiobook looked at the tiny hinges of history - and the extraordinary changes that would have resulted if they had gone another way.
Now he presents his most compelling narrative of all about the historical event that has riveted us for fifty years. What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket? How would Kennedy, in his second term, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the Cold War? With Hoover as an enemy, would his indiscreet private life finally have become public? Would his health issues have become so severe as to literally cripple his presidency? And what small turns of fate in the days and years before Dallas might have kept him from ever reaching the White House in the first place?
As with Then Everything Changed, the answers Greenfield provides and the scenarios he develops are startlingly realistic, rich in detail, shocking in their projections, but always deeply, remarkably plausible. It is a tour de force of American political history.
©2013 Jeff Greenfield (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By ELIZABETH on 09-11-15

Fascinating but Fanciful

Would you listen to If Kennedy Lived again? Why?

Yes - it repays close analysis

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeff Greenfield? Why or why not?

Yes

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An intelligent reading but also a lightness of touch

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

How early Ronald Reagan entered the picture

Any additional comments?

It is quite kind to Kennedy and maybe some of that is wishful thinking

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 03-11-13

Great imagination but abuse of history

What did you love best about If Kennedy Lived?

The blending of actual orations and writings and with speculative imagination.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeff Greenfield? Why or why not?

Maybe--if he did not perpetuate long-discredited and fabricated (Warren Commission) lies.

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

It flowed okay. Nothing soectacular

If you could give If Kennedy Lived a new subtitle, what would it be?

Stuck in ancient mud, reaching for newness

Any additional comments?

The perpetuation of the lies from the Warren Commission is abominable. For Greenfield to use Posner's clumsy and selective regurgitation of the Warren Commission as a main reference, is an unreal disservice. As astute as he was in other areas, it is overy carelessness tonhave totally ignored the supremely well-documented works by Mark Lane, Harold Weissberg, Sylvia Meagher, Josiah Thompson, Howard Lifton, James Douglass, Abrahm Bolden, Jean Hill, JAMES TAGUE and others who, through their own witness accounts (unfettered by the likes of Arlen Specter) or through freedom of information lawsuits, have revealed and proven the conspiracy and its supporting evidence as did the House Select Committee on Assassinations nearly 30-years ago. Also, JFK was subverted by his own ambassador to Vietnam--Henry Cabott Lodge, who was responsible for the murders of the Diem brothers. Greenfield's work on the "future" was stellar. BUT he put a new ciat of whitewash on history, which is irresponsible (at best) and dastardly, at worst.

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