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This is an auction for ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND LIVES! - A WORLD WITHOUT WORLD WAR ONE, by Richard Lebow.

"Lebow persuasively argues that the outbreak of world war was contingent on the assassination of Franz Ferdinand… So, what if there had been no First World War? Lebow imagines the best and worst plausible worlds."
- The Times

"Though we can't escape the realities of our past, Lebow provides his readers with exciting alternatives to consider."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Amazon.com review:

"The "Great War" claimed nearly 40 million lives and set the stage for World War II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. One hundred years later, historians are beginning to recognize how unnecessary it was. In Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!, acclaimed political psychologist Richard Ned Lebow examines the chain of events that led to war and what could reasonably have been done differently to avoid it. In this highly original and intellectually challenging book, he constructs plausible worlds, some better, some worse, that might have developed. He illustrates them with "what-if" biographies of politicians, scientists, religious leaders, artists, painters, and writers, sports figures, and celebrities, including scenarios where: there is no Israel; neither John Kennedy nor Barack Obama become president; Satchmo and many Black jazz musicians leave for Europe; nuclear research is internationalized and all major countries sign a treaty outlawing the development of atomic weapons; Britain and Germany are entrapped in a Cold War that threatens to go nuclear; and much more."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2014.

248 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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