Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History

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What if Hitler had gotten into art school?  What if Joan of Arc had become a mother? Or if Napoleon had kept Louisiana for the French? Author Phong Nguyen examines what might have happened had famous people actually gotten what they wished for.
Phong Nguyen
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
6:30pm @ Central Library

What if Adolf Hitler had realized his dream of an art career and never turned to politics? What if Judas had saved Jesus of Nazareth? What if Ho Chi Minh had leveraged his experience as a cook in a Harlem restaurant into a corporate empire selling oven-ready dessert pastries? Or if Benjamin Franklin had become a clergyman? Or if Napoleon had kept Louisiana for the French?

Phong Nguyen, author of the new book Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History, reimagines the biographies of a dozen of history’s heroes and villains, and explores how the world would be a far different place.

Nguyen teaches fiction and American literature at the University of Central Missouri.