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American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold | [Harry Turtledove]

American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold

As the Socialist Party battles Coolidge to retain the presidency in 1924, it seems as if it can do no wrong. The stock market soars, and the USA prospers. Although victors in the War of Secession, the CSA still reels from its loss of the Great War while the Freedom Party promises new vigor and pride. But should these gray-shirted fascists seize power, they may prove dangerous. Sharing world supremacy with Germany and bloated with prosperity, the USA fails to notice ominous events inside the weakened CSA.
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Publisher's Summary

Harry Turtledove, Ph.D., critically acclaimed novelist and "Master of Alternative History", enriches his compelling narratives with authentic period details. In this enthralling epic begun by Sidewise Award-winner How Few Remain and continued in Blood & Iron, the Great Depression devours the Roaring Twenties - leaving the USA and the CSA vulnerable.

As the Socialist Party battles Coolidge to retain the presidency in 1924, it seems as if it can do no wrong. The stock market soars, and the USA prospers. Although victors in the War of Secession, the CSA still reels from its loss of the Great War while the Freedom Party promises new vigor and pride. But should these gray-shirted fascists seize power, they may prove dangerous. Sharing world supremacy with Germany and bloated with prosperity, the USA fails to notice ominous events inside the weakened CSA.

©2002 Harry Turtledove; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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    brian 05-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Center does not hold."
    Would you listen to American Empire again? Why?

    I would. Not sure why to be honest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall storylines, and the way they were narrated.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration, especially with different accents and dialects is excellent.


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    Featherston is one of the characters I love to hate the way he treats people around him.


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    D. C. Tremethick Vacaville, CA United States 01-10-15
    D. C. Tremethick Vacaville, CA United States 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    Good continuation of the series. I love the different points of view. love this book

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    George Guidall is fantastic at reading the book, but the story doesn't tie together all that well. The author follows several characters through an alternate outcome if the South had won the Civil War, and the US was divided into two countries. It is an interesting thesis, but there are so many characters that I never bonded with one of them. Please note the recurring use of racial slurs (particularly the N word) gets taxing as a listener. Interesting, but not great.

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