‘This is counter-factual history at its best – drawing fresh but informed conclusions from perfectly credible errors. Stimulating, provocative and playful, What Might Have Been is everything one looks for in a collection of essays.’ Graham Stewart, Literary Review

‘The main object of these essays is to entertain, and they do so handsomely. This book is a hymn to the accidental and the erratic. Look on these works, ye Determinists and Dialectical Materialists, and at least consider the possibility that you might not be entirely right.’ Philip Ziegler, Daily Telegraph

‘Moments when the fates of nations seem to turn on the roll of a die, haunt the minds of the twelve writers assembled for this intriguing and entertaining anthology.’ Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times

‘What Might Have Been is the latest of a series of volumes in which a gifted team of authors envisages alternative historical scenarios. As has become the custom of the genre, some of the contributors submit sober and measured assessments, while others spot a chance for playfulness.’ Blair Worden, Sunday Telegraph

‘All twelve essays are good fun, and the will make the reader think – and that is, after all, what all good history, ‘factual’ or ‘counterfactual’, should be about.’ T.G. Otte, Times Literary Supplement

‘Since much history is happenstance, what if happenings had turned out otherwise? Andrew Roberts has recruited a dozen historians to pose, and answer, some of these What Ifs, and some of their answers are as good as the questions.’ Nicholas Harman,The Spectator

‘Great fun. I enjoyed some of the chapters so much that I shouted praise for its frivolous merits at my television set when a young historian – arguing on Newsnight with my old friend Christopher Andrew – denounced the whole idea of ‘alternative history’.’ Roy Hattersley, The Observer

‘Counterfactual history, when deployed as expertly as it is here, reminds us that what seems inevitable is actually often a matter of chance. This might sound unsettling, until you realise it is actually liberating.’ Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

‘What Might Have Been is much more than a series of speculative essays; it shatters much conventional wisdom about ‘the onward march of progress’. It reminds us that we have an infinite number of possible futures.’ Andy Smith, The Journal of Contemporary Journalism

‘Andrew Roberts has achieved a remarkable coup in assembling some of our most stimulating and provocative historians all in one book. Excellent.’ Tim Newark, Military Illustrated

‘Andrew Roberts presents a compelling case for counterfactual history. What Might Have Been is really a lot of fun.’ John Geiger,National Post

‘Far from being a harmless intellectual pursuit, ‘what if’ history is pursuing a dangerous rightwing agenda.’ The Guardian