AirTalk for March 8, 2011

What tiny events might have resulted in different presidents?

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CNN's Jeff Greenfield speaks at the HRTS Annual Cable Chiefs Newsmaker Luncheon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

As Florida’s “ballot malfunction” in the 2000 presidential election showed, the smallest actions can have profound consequences. In the new book Then Everything Changed—Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics, veteran politics and culture reporter Jeff Greenfield examines the tiny shifts in events that could have led to John F. Kennedy’s death even before his inauguration, to Robert Kennedy avoiding assassination, and to Gerald Ford defeating Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election. From each of these imagined situations, he goes on to weave dramatic narratives that examine how these tiny shifts could have led to an enormously changed American history.


Jeff Greenfield, author of Then Everything Changed—Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan (Putnam)

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