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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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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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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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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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Fascinating take on History

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

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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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Great Audio

Wow great selection of the events that change the world.

how it all could have been so different.

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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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Educationally Entertaining

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Armature to historians
Could be used in schools as teacher replacement in lesson planning

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Another view

Thoroughly enjoyable and on many points enlightening. Always important to hear events and views from another angle.

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  • Rosa Thomas
  • 07-08-2020

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
  • 16-08-2020

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
  • 18-08-2020

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
  • 11-08-2020

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
  • 10-08-2020

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
  • 30-08-2020

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
  • 21-08-2020

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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  • Giovanni S.
  • 22-03-2021

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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  • Shane
  • 10-03-2021

Good story but badly delivered

I was a really good story line but a lot of the professors mumbled and didn’t speak clearly. I would recommend this to people because they was lots of great stuff in it

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  • Asil Hindi
  • 28-02-2021

Wish it was a bit longer

An amazing podcast, just wished it was a bit longer.
A different perspective to the most dramtic events that changed history. A question which I never asked... What was the pre prepared speech for such an event! What was the alternative speech if such a mission failed?
Its an eye opener and it provokes your brain to think deeper.

Will definitely recommend it, my 5 star for this month.

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