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Crooked /

by Grossman, Austin [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company 2015.Edition: First edition.Description: 355 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780316198516; 031619851X.Subject(s): Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 -- Fiction | Presidents -- United States -- Fiction | Paranormal fiction | Alternative histories (Fiction)Summary: "Reimagines the cold war as an epic battle against the occult waged by the ultimate American antihero--Richard Nixon" -- provided by publisher.Summary: 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? Richard Milhous Nixon faced down the Russians, the Chinese, and ultimately his own government. Here for the first time-- 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 the man we call our worst president was, in truth, our greatest?
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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. <br> <br> 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?<br> <br> 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?<br> <br> 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.<br> <br>

"Reimagines the cold war as an epic battle against the occult waged by the ultimate American antihero--Richard Nixon" -- provided by publisher.

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? Richard Milhous Nixon faced down the Russians, the Chinese, and ultimately his own government. Here for the first time-- 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 the man we call our worst president was, in truth, our greatest?

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In Grossman's ingenious latest (after Soon I Will Be Invincible and You), sad-sack -Richard Nixon slanders and lies his way into the House of Representatives, consorts with Soviet spies to achieve national prominence, hobnobs with the wizard Henry Kissinger to obtain the presidency, and through it all remains unable to win the approval of his wife, let alone the American people. It seems the Cold War has a dimension hidden from most observers: a supernatural battle of occult forces pitting the magic of the Oval Office and the sorcerer-like powers of Dwight Eisenhower against dark forces abroad. Perhaps it's a tribute to the inexplicability of Nixon's real career and many comebacks, but Grossman succeeds in making his fantastic explanation seem more believable than the truth. VERDICT This novel works as gleeful satire, as wacky alternate history, and as thriller, but what really shines is the character study at its center. Nixon's self-loathing, longing for appreciation, and inability to please his beloved motivate every moment perfectly, ultimately creating a narrator who is pathetic, yet at the same time sympathetic. [See Prepub Alert, 2/2/15.]-Neil Hollands, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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