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A five part series exploring how the story of Western ideology may have unfolded differently in the 20th Century, based on the undelivered speeches of world leaders. Features academics, writers and historians talking to presenter Professor Suzannah Lipscomb.

Tracking through the 20th century, from the Western heroic rhetoric borne of Allied success in the D-Day Landings, all the way to Britain's present day relationship with Europe, we'll explore the fragile balance of power, nuclear armament, warfare, heroic narratives and the spread of democratic protest throughout the world.

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Not as expected, stort and narration weak nothing intresting.Need much more improvement and need to quote best examples

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Food for thought

The stories cut across domains of science Sci FI and politics. Well presented by Audible

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interesting perspectives to events

i enjoyed listening. it gave me new perspective to events of the past. content and research are all pretty insightful.

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Interesting to know history behind lost speeches.

Loved it as it was Interesting to know history behind lost speeches from world over.

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  • Rosa Thomas
  • 07-08-20

Interesting and enjoyable, asking What if...

I hope another series of this podcast will be commissioned because it's very interesting and enjoyable to speculate about what might have been different has key historical events happened differently. Of course we can never know, but it's fun to wonder and explore the role of significant events in the self images of various nations. Reminds you that nothing is guaranteed, that the fates of millions can hinge on events, on luck. I wonder how future generations will think about the decisions we make now.

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  • Turquelblue
  • 16-08-20

I just love counterfactuals

As a non-professional history buff, who lived through 4 of the 5 chapters discussed by the author, all I can say is "what happened ,happened ".
It was interesting to hear the alternative speeches.
Unfortunately , I won't be around in 30 years time to listen to Brexit and Corona virus discussed in a similar vein by future historians.
If you are under 40, do download and listen.

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  • Seb
  • 18-08-20

Interesting and thoughtful

Interesting and thought provoking. Listening to Episode 4 took me back to almost forgotten feelings and fears of the 1980s, while Episode 1 in particular, made me realise that every moment, for good or bad, pivots before committing us all. An enjoyable listen.

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  • G Moreira da Silva
  • 11-08-20

Very interesting and well articulated

Thoroughly enjoyed and would love to see more content like this. Well edited and presented.

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  • CHRIS
  • 10-08-20

Brilliant

Stumbled across these short podcasts. Thought provoking and insightful looks at key moments in modern history. Would could have happened?

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  • John
  • 30-08-20

thinking of what, may have been?

really enjoyed the series as it made you think of the "what it question" ...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-20

my thoughts

Thought provoking, well reasoned, clearly presented accounts of what might have happened if democratic history had taken a different path.

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  • Steven Waite
  • 04-05-21

Very interesting!

This was fascinating to listen to. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in recent history.

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  • Dewdrop
  • 25-04-21

Interesting

A very interesting listen. Full of thought provoking scenarios and historical interest for documentary and history buffs alike.

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  • Giovanni S.
  • 22-03-21

Disappointing

Very superficial. Instead of focusing on actual speeches, it takes few written notes (Eisenhower scribble; a dull speech written for the Queen by an unknown “civil servant”; etc) to dive in trivial alternative history exercises.
The usual topics (Normandy invasion failed; moon landing failed; Kennedy not killed; nuclear war) discussed quite trivially.
I didn’t learn anything.

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  • Patrick
  • 11-09-20

Exceptional and riveting

I couldn't get enough of this amazing series. It was thoroughly engaging and beautifully researched and delivered.

I listened to the moon landing speech three times!

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  • Phillip C.
  • 21-09-20

Thought provoking

I enjoyed this thought provoking series. While I tend to disagree with regard to the conjecture concerning what JFK might have done with regard to the Vietnam issue, the information confirmed my own view that his focus was to end the Cold War - and what a different world it would have been. Other episodes were informative and well researched.

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  • Vardan
  • 05-05-21

One side story , Western propaganda

narrator was great but it is just a western propaganda. As a groundson of two WW2 warriors , as a citizen of a country who gave most sacrifice i find it a hypocrisy.

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  • BRONWYN S.
  • 20-04-21

Informative and enjoyable

I enjoyed the topic which was well reseearched and thought provoking with uncomfortable questions about "what if". It made me reconsider the ultimate sacrifices made for our freedom and way of life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-21

Great listen.

This audiobook was a great listen however, it is one of the most eeire books that I have listened to. To hear that leaders prepaired speeches for some of the most influential events in human history is mind blowing. To think the most crucial moments in human history could of gone the other way and almost did is frightening.

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  • a-cbates
  • 14-11-20

Fascinating take on History

This covered an interesting array of events which could have changed many lives around the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-20

Societys Tick Tock for Today

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb really makes you see how things may have been and thetefore it makes you look more closely at todays society.

Loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-20

Great Audio

Wow great selection of the events that change the world.

how it all could have been so different.

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  • Melski
  • 22-10-20

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Just brilliant and so insightful. A thought provoking series that highlights speeches I never knew existed. A must listen for anyone into history and world events.

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  • Natalie
  • 10-09-20

Educationally Entertaining

Reccommend 8/10
Armature to historians
Could be used in schools as teacher replacement in lesson planning