- Hardcover: 191 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (August 12, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394550315
- ISBN-13: 978-0394550312
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are lots of twists and turns, with alternative-history consequences--all of which are fascinating! What would have happened if Lyndon Johnson had not become president? Which presidents would have succeeded Kennedy, if he had not died? What if Lee Harvey Oswald had lived?
A note: Shapiro won an academy award in 1959 as a co-author of the original screeplay for the Doris Day/Rock Hudson film Pillow Talk (beating out The 400 Blows, North by Northwest, and Wild Strawberries--some of the greatest films in history)!
Yes, the story about Kennedy pulling us out of Vietnam and keeping bad things across the following decades from happening might not be entirely plausible, but the story doesn't suffer because of it. Check out the book "Time Out of Mind" by Peter Delacorte, which tells a time travel theory about how much better the world would have been if they went back in time and killed Reagan. Authors' political views aside, both of these time travel books were very entertaining and well written.
It seems to me that Stanley Shapiro has certainly drunk the Kool-Aid concerning the book's basic premise - that if John F. Kennedy had lived, he would have not continued the United States' military effort in Vietnam. There is no historical reason to believe that; both President Kennedy and his brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, were fierce Cold Warriors during the early 1960s. In fact, no elected (or appointed) official during that time would have wanted to be seen as "soft on communism." My disagreement with that basic premise did not detract from my enjoyment of the book, although it did cause me to subtract one star from my rating.
The protagonist is David Russell, a Dallas schoolteacher (the same occupation as the main character in the more recent work!), who is still in mourning for his older brother who was killed in Vietnam twenty years before. His girlfriend, Laura Watkins, a TV talk show host, introduces him to an eccentric physicist, Dr. Hendrik Koopman. It turns out that Dr. Koopman has designed, built, and tested a time machine. Since Russell, with a sense of utter certainty, feels that had JFK had lived, there would have been no Vietnam War, and thus his brother would not have died, he manages to convince Dr. Koopman to send him back to November 22, 1963 so that he can stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing Kennedy.Read more ›
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Read this book 30 years ago, and liked it enough to want to read again. Great premise.Published 12 months ago by kd4bama
I have not read this book yet, but it arrived on time, in excellent shape and was as described. Very satisfied.Published on March 13, 2013 by T. Woods