Crooked

Crooked

eBook - 2015
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AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST AUSTIN GROSSMAN REIMAGINES THE COLD WAR AS AN EPIC BATTLE AGAINST THE OCCULT WAGED BY THE ULTIMATE AMERICAN ANTIHERO--RICHARD NIXON.

Richard Milhous Nixon lived one of the most improbable lives of the twentieth century. Our thirty-seventh president's political career spanned the button-down fifties, the Mad Men sixties, and the turbulent seventies. He faced down the Russians, the Chinese, and ultimately his own government. The man went from political mastermind to a national joke, sobbing in the Oval Office, leaving us with one burning question: how could he have lost it all?

Here for the first time is the tale told in his own words: the terrifying supernatural secret he stumbled upon as a young man, the truth behind the Cold War, and the truth behind the Watergate cover-up. What if our nation's worst president was actually a pivotal figure caught in a desperate struggle between ordinary life and horrors from another reality? What if the man we call our worst president was, in truth, our greatest?

In Crooked, Nixon finally reveals the secret history of modern American politics as only Austin Grossman could reimagine it. Combining Lovecraftian suspense, international intrigue, Russian honey traps, and a presidential marriage whose secrets and battles of attrition were their own heroic saga, Grossman's novel is a masterwork of alternative history, equal parts mesmerizing character study and nail-biting Faustian thriller.



Baker & Taylor
In a novel of alternative history, Richard Nixon exposes the truth behind Watergate and the Cold War, which were both due to a horrifying occult secret he accidentally discovered as a young man. By the author ofYou and Soon I Will Be Invincible. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: [London] : Mulholland Books, 2015
ISBN: 0316198501 electronic bk
9780316198509 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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shermay
Aug 15, 2016

This book had a lot of potential; the idea of supernatural events in the White House is great but I think the execution was weak. Things just happen to Nixon who is portrayed as a clueless person just coasting through his career/life. The other characters where very loosely drawn but were actually more interesting than Nixon. A shame that he didn't delve deeper into their stories.

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mbradfield
Jun 09, 2016

STRONG POINTS
-The characterization of Nixon has an unexpected level of depth. While Nixon lies and conspires throughout the novel,
his self-deprecating remarks and worries about his wife make him a surprisingly sympathetic character.

WEAK POINTS
Some of the other characters fall into flat trope categories - particularly the Russian spy characters (see the TV tropes page "Mother Russia Makes You Strong" http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong

SURPRISES WITHOUT SPOILERS
I was surprised at how serious this novel turned out to be.The mood was closer to that in the Doctor Who episode "Day of the Moon" than it was to a horror parody like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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