Monday, May 30, 2011

Fiction: Then Everything Changed by Jeff Greenfield

Today in January Magazine’s fiction section, Brendan M. Leonard reviews Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan by Jeff Greenfield. Says Leonard:
Greenfield packs Then Everything Changed with some wonderfully fresh alternative realities. His gifts as a journalist and a student of American politics lend Then Everything Changed a real authenticity. Some of the scenes presented here, such as Robert Kennedy facing down protesters in Chicago’s Grant Park at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, are inspiring and memorable. Greenfield also peppers his tales with little winks and nudges. When writing about VP nominee O’Connor, for instance, the author has a Reagan aide remark, “It’s not as if she’s stuck for an answer when you ask her what she reads.” In another case, he has a young Newt Gingrich praising President Robert Kennedy’s domestic policies.
The full review is here.

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