It’s six against six million in a brilliantly waged near-future war for nothing less than liberty and justice for all. The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander who knows how to get the best out of his ragtag assortment of American discontents, wily operators, and geniuses. It’s going to take technological savvy and a propaganda campaign that would leave Madison Avenue aghast, but the US will rise again. The counterinsurgency for freedom is on, and defeat is not an option.
Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) was born in Missouri. He served five years in the US Navy, then attended graduate classes in mathematics and physics at UCLA, took a variety of jobs, and owned a silver mine before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. His novels have won the Hugo Award, and in 1975 he received the first Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement.
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I grew up reading Robert Heinlein and enjoyed everything of his that I ever read. Somehow this slipped past me and this is the first time I've read this one. So, with the soft glow of youthful memories not present to cushion my reading experience, I was smacked in the face with his racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Fifty or sixty years ago, when I was discovering his worlds for the first time, that was pretty much what all of America was like. Boy have things changed! (For another good example of social changes, read one of the original Bobsey Twins books, not the ones rewritten in the sixties and seventies, one of the originals from the first half of the nineteenth century).
This was not one of his best to begin with. That's probably why this is my first encounter with this book. Do not let this be your first Heinlein book. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress has stood the test of time better than some others (Stranger in a Strange Land). Start there and let this one Rest In Peace.
The story here is so short of anything worthy of our time. The audio presentation was fine, but you could see through the story through most of the telling.
The story concept and sci fi elements I liked. The mutual disdain and blatant racism between master race and enslaved race were so disconcerting that they pushed me out of the story and into my own thoughts. Though I expected it to be so, it is not simple juvenile literature.
as a long time fan of Robert Heinlein's, I've read at least a dozen of his books. This one has really surprised me because it's one of his earliest. but that didn't detract from the story, in fact I thought the science fiction plausibility factor was excellent for any day. just really good science fiction, I highly recommend it.
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This book is about a "yellow race" conquering the USA and the fight that ensues. It was written in 1949 and reflects the attitudes and perspectives of the time--just four years ago, the war against Japan had been won. The North Koreans are about to invade South Korea. One cannot judge a work of that era by today's morals. The author is considered one of the best sci-fi writers and in this book, he predicted several events and other things that have come true or are not yet solved, like curing cancer. The plot involves a group of dedicated Americans who turn back the hoard using cultural blind spots as cover. Why not? Without context, I would have rejected this book, but because of it, maybe I'll read more Heinlein.
1. I am a HUGE Heinlein fan.
2. I had never heard of this story before.
3. After listening to it, I understand very well why this does not seem to be in publication.
This is one of the rare Heinlein books worth steering away from.
I understand that this was written during the cold war. It was probably dated a few months after it was written. Its full of almost unbearable racial stereo-types. The plot is structured around the most goofy far fetched set up. America has been taken over by Asians. Washington DC was wiped out by a nuclear bomb. A surprise attack. Its left up to 6 people, 3 scientists, a cook, a private, and a hobo to fight back.
You can still catch glimpses of Heinlein. Some of what makes him a classically awesome author. But its sad to see him in such a setting that he created for himself.
DONT READ THIS!!!
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