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 20th century. Our 37th president's political career spanned the button-down '50s, the Mad Men '60s, and the turbulent '70s. 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.
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The few times I got to see Nixon up close gave me a sort of sympathy for the man. I almost cried when this book came to an end. It made him so human. The demon story takes a huge back seat to the delightful insights into the political process in general, and the presidency in particular. Loved it!
Leaves you wanting more. A alternative history that doesn't change the final out come of historical events just how and why they occurred. Grossman's dark humor is subtle and intelligent. VandenHeuvel Nixon is spot on and manages to convey a spectrum of emotions without going over the top with what can be one of most cliche impressions of our time.
I walked away from this book feeling like I've been given a really great exploration of a hypothetical Nixon character, and not the redemptive version that's talked about in the book's synopsis. This is still the redbaiting, almost sociopathic, power-hungry vision of Nixon. It's more like a fantasy exploration of what if the Nixon we knew had faced the ancient ones. Very amusing, but the supernatural elements in the story are completely underdeveloped. They indicate at conspiracies and myths instead of exploring and fleshing them out.
The narrator does an exceptional job, and the character development is superb, but the end of the book did leave me feeling like something was substantially missing.
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