Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History PDF/EPUB

Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History PDF/EPUB



10 thoughts on “Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History

  1. Ambrose Miles Ambrose Miles says:

    I started this book as a skeptic Anyone can fiddle around with history Listen to anyone s retelling of an event unseen, but heard about Listen to them spin the story through their own bias s and passions In the end, did the event really unfold the way it was told Who knows the truth A consensus of experts Documented eye witnessed accounts Or the infamous They say , the one referred to in a lot of stories as the one who said The one who knows weather, sports, trivia and history Our aut I started this book as a skeptic Anyone can fiddle around with history Listen to anyone s retelling of an event unseen, but heard about Listen to them spin the story through their own bias s and passions In the end, did the event really unfold the way it was told Who knows the truth A consensus of experts Documented eye witnessed accounts Or the infamous They say , the one referred to in a lot of stories as the one who said The one who knows weather, sports, trivia and history Our author uses both the consensus track and the eye witnessed venue And instead of They say , he drops names, big names, of those who ought to know And there are footnotes Who doesn t love footnotes to make things real A skeptic no longer, I found the stories plausible and possibly possible It is a well researched and well written book, stories told with a straight face, except for the last story about and American king named George This was a free book sent by the author for review


  2. Sara Habein Sara Habein says:

    I think I would have gottenout of this book had I been familiar with all of the historical figures discussed However, if one is a history nerd who enjoys thinking about What might have been, then I d recommend this odd, short ish book True to its name, there are even textbook like questions at the end of each chapter Despite this not being entirely for me, I m still glad I gave it a look Review also appears at Persephone Magazine I think I would have gottenout of this book had I been familiar with all of the historical figures discussed However, if one is a history nerd who enjoys thinking about What might have been, then I d recommend this odd, short ish book True to its name, there are even textbook like questions at the end of each chapter Despite this not being entirely for me, I m still glad I gave it a look Review also appears at Persephone Magazine


  3. Matt Matt says:

    A striking and odd collection, modeled on a textbook, so each of the narratives here comes with a brief editor s note and is followed by questions for classroom discussion Each narrative is a scene in a different alternate history so, a memoir excerde book t from a guy who worked with Ho Chi Minh in Harlem at a hotel restaurant, but in this version, Ho starts a frozen food empire.Nguyen finds a variety of approaches to this material sometimes, we see how the essential nature of the charact A striking and odd collection, modeled on a textbook, so each of the narratives here comes with a brief editor s note and is followed by questions for classroom discussion Each narrative is a scene in a different alternate history so, a memoir excerde book t from a guy who worked with Ho Chi Minh in Harlem at a hotel restaurant, but in this version, Ho starts a frozen food empire.Nguyen finds a variety of approaches to this material sometimes, we see how the essential nature of the character is unchanged see Touisaant L Ouveture and in others, it seems our interest is in pointing out something in the society that is revealingly askew, as in the case of the Pharoah and his many deaths or maybe that is meant to reconcile conflicting facts in the historical record Of course some work better than others there s only a half assed attempt to ape period styles for the first half of the book but when Nguyen gets into the 20th C, the prose getsstylized and interesting That chapter on Ho Chi Minh is a solid example of this.There s a narrative frame at the start, telling where these texts came from, but it s sort of unclear what impression we re to make of this project a a whole The epilogue, about George W being made King after 2004 is pointed, but feels out of step with the in the moment feeling of the other chapters and otherwise seems unconnected from what went before I m curious to hear Nguyen talk about this project, so maybe I ll look that up


  4. Roger Brunyate Roger Brunyate says:

    Varying Degrees of SuccessThis is a novel, of course, orlike a set of stories The publisher proclaims that all the characters are entirely fictitious, yet they have well known names Cheops, Siddhartha, Plato, Jesus, Joan of Arc, Columbus, John Smith, Ben Franklin, Napoleon, Hitler, Ho Chi Minh, Einstein, George W Bush And many of the facts are as we know them it is just that the things we mostly know them for never come to pass So Cheops rejects the design for a pyramid, Barabbas is Varying Degrees of SuccessThis is a novel, of course, orlike a set of stories The publisher proclaims that all the characters are entirely fictitious, yet they have well known names Cheops, Siddhartha, Plato, Jesus, Joan of Arc, Columbus, John Smith, Ben Franklin, Napoleon, Hitler, Ho Chi Minh, Einstein, George W Bush And many of the facts are as we know them it is just that the things we mostly know them for never come to pass So Cheops rejects the design for a pyramid, Barabbas is crucified instead of Jesus, John Smith is hanged after all, and Ho Chi Minh remains in America to found a frozen food empire All these outcomes, incidentally, are declared either in the title or first paragraph of each history these are not spoilers A rather silly prologue explains how this textbook complete with provocative questions for class discussion after each episode came into being the actual biographies are not so silly just not uniformly effective.I started by diving right into the story of Jesus, a minor prophet from the Hebrew Bible, as this version would have it For, you see, he was denied his crucifixion When Pilate offers the crowd a choice, Judas manages to rouse them to condemn Barabbas, a betrayal that Jesus regards as greater than anything he might have done the day before It is a striking piece of historical subversion that nonetheless manages to ask significant questions about religious belief, as most of the best fictionalizations of Jesus life have done But it worked for me since, whatever I now believe, I know the Bible well much better than any of the other stories that Phong Nguyen inverts here.And that is the trouble If you know the original, Nguyen s recensions can be interesting or occasionally funny, though there are few epiphanies But almost none of the chapters stand up as stories in their own right they have dimension only when seen in perspective against the original I did not recognize Cheops under his Egyptian name, Khufu, and the story of him testing out various types of funeral just seemed like an empty fable I recognized Plato from his style of discourse, but had little knowledge of him in the political world Since the story of Joan of Arc is entirely concerned with the period after the real Joan was burned, there was no historical record to be altered, but I found little intrinsic interest in the story of her eventual loss of virginity The story of Einstein s involvement with the Manhattan Project did contain some interesting scientific observation, though it was unclear exactly how it resulted in the failure of the bomb on Hiroshima But I greatly enjoyed the final story, The Coronation of King George, in which Nguyen amusingly reworks an episode from Richard III, with W as the questionable hero.All in all, a mixed bag, worth maybe a laugh or two, especially for readers with a broader cultural knowledge than my own


  5. Amy Amy says:

    For any fan of alternative histories, it is all about the possibilities This book delves into numerous different areas of history and gives the reader the chance to let their own imaginations expand on the worlds the author has created for us true to it s title, it presents these alternate histories in textbook format, with questions to guide analysis or ignite the imagination Theyou know the history of our world, theyou appreciate and enjoy the differences the author presents.In For any fan of alternative histories, it is all about the possibilities This book delves into numerous different areas of history and gives the reader the chance to let their own imaginations expand on the worlds the author has created for us true to it s title, it presents these alternate histories in textbook format, with questions to guide analysis or ignite the imagination Theyou know the history of our world, theyou appreciate and enjoy the differences the author presents.In compliance with FTC guidelines, i did receive this book for free through Goodreads First Reads


  6. Bridget Tracy Bridget Tracy says:

    I really enjoyed this book by the end, but it took me awhile to get into it I would probably give it 3 1 2 stars simply because the epilogue was absolutely hilarious, and there were a few chapters that I really did enjoy However, I wasn t entirely familiar with all of the historical events and figures chronicled here, so I sometimes had a hard time distinguishing the fact from fiction This book would be great for anyone who knows history really well.


  7. Imber Imber says:

    Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History by Phong Nguyen is a very unique book As I read the accounts of different historical figures, I found them both humorous and horrifying All in all, it is incredibly imaginative I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.


  8. Stef Stef says:

    won on goodreadsI liked the writing style The stories are thoughtful and entertaining I enjoyed this book very much.


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