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After somewhat accidentally volunteering for, and serving in Vietnam, JIM MANGI earned a PhD in ecology and spent 40 years in the professional “What If?” business. The consulting firm he built traced the effects of planned projects on the environment and communities. Besides civil projects like power plants and factories, he worked on military projects ranging from battle tanks, to combat aircraft, to ICBM’s and space vehicles, some of which he can talk about. After selling his multi-million-dollar firm, he turned from predicting What If? futures, to constructing What If? pasts. He seeks to give the citizen reader some food for thought about how we got to where we are. Victor Borge said, ‘Making predictions is hard, especially about the future’. Making good predictions about the past is hard too, but it’s thought provoking and entertaining. Jim now lives in Michigan, USA where he chairs Dementia Friendly Saline and is a caregiver for his wife.