I almost didn’t grab this one – political books make my teeth ache, mostly, and poly sci majors should NEVER write alternate history novels – but when I watched the video interview (via Hot Air; also, autoloading) I was pleasantly surprised to see that author Jeff Greenfield knowingly or unknowingly followed one of the cardinal rules to this sort of thing. Which is to say, change one thing, and see how it plays out from there*. Besides, the one negative review so far is from a screaming Leftist who is incensed to to have read that 9/11 would have happened right on schedule, which is actually a good reason for me to take a gander at it.
Lastly: hell, it’s a buck ninety-nine. I can give it a whirl, for that much.
*This is often egregiously violated by the aforementioned poly sci majors. See Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, which would require multiple events to make its central premise (Lindbergh becomes President on an antiwar ticket, and manages to convince the country that the Nazis are swell) take place; or Jo Walton’s Still Life With Fascists trilogy, which assumes something similar for Britain without ever bothering to explain why isolationism suddenly became the predominant intellectual philosophy of the Western democracies. Then again, the true message in both cases was I despise George W Bush and his irritating habit of overthrowing tyrannies, so perhaps this is not surprising.