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Virtual History: Alternatives And Counterfactuals

Virtual History: Alternatives And Counterfactuals - Niall Ferguson Niall Ferguson at his best can be spell-binding, and his research and ability to tie together disparate facts to weave together his unique tapestry of analysis and historical account can be unsurpassed, but his output is uneven. I haven't even rated some of his lesser works as they were just that boring. Virtual History isn't terrible--and Ferguson is only part-writer, editing together other counter-factual historians to create plausible alternate histories--but he falls prey to the 'transport a real world event into the alterate universe' weakness (what if in the alterate world, the Argentinians actually won the Falkland war?-- this after 300 years of complete disparate history result in completely different great powers) and does not create ironies or power-reversals that are the pleasure of the best alternate universe / uchronie writing. at best a 3/5