I am not much of a fan of Alternative History stories. In any time frame, recent or not. But I was drawn into reading one about President John F. Kennedy. Why? /sigh/ Darned if I know. I suppose the mystique of the Kennedy Years, plus I remember vividly the horror of seeing the ZapruderTape, and the Warren Report. Not to mention the days long, seemingly endless television coverage of the flight back to Washington D.C., and the funeral. God, the funeral.
Anyhow, the idea of what Kennedy might have managed with a second term, how the country would have prospered under a second Kennedy term was practically irresistible. /more sighing/
If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield 3/5
I'd have preferred a more personal story, not what I found to be a bit cut and dried notion of Kennedys political life/possibilities. And to be honest rather Pollyanna(ish) in conclusions.
The majority of the names were familiar to me, but for someone not around then they came way to fast and furious to be effectively integrated into the story.
There was a bit toward the beginning, and I'll paraphrase, that spoke of how thankful they were for the rain and bubble top that day, that the alternative (the truth) would have been too awful to contemplate.
This reminds me of time travel stories where someone goes back to right a wrong, and either enable what happened, or Time readjusts to bring about the same results. I love time travel tales, but this alternative history story doesn't move me to search for more like it.
Edited by pontalba, 21 March 2017 - 02:46 AM.