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51st State (Plus) [Paperback]

Peter Preston
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5 Aug 1999 Plus
Inspired by the patriotism of his dying father, Rupert Warner uses his position to lead England out of the EC, and almost accidentally into the United States. Even more accidentally, he finds himself running for the Vice-Presidency, and who knows where that might lead.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (5 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140275800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140275803
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,494,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange Political Fantasy 19 Nov 2008
By Paul T Horgan VINE VOICE
The author was editor of the UK's Guardian newspaper for two decades.

The Guardian is a left-of-centre newspaper much disposed to criticising and belittling the USA (especially Republicans) and the Tories in the UK. They also like to poke fun traditional English values in the furtherance of a politically correct agenda (it's no surprise that a good proportion of media and public sector vacancies are advertised in the Guardian). This makes it quite surprising to discover Preston writing what could be regarded a right-wing fantasy. England leaves the EU and becomes the 51st state of the USA. The PM becomes President of the USA following the demise of the incumbent.

You would expect the writing style to be better, but perhaps Preston authored this wish-fulfillment dream in this style to make it sell. It does not suffer the limited vocabulary and development of your average mass-market novel, but there is a lack of depth. This is a putdownable read and after you put it down it is easily forgettable as there is nothing too memorable apart from the premise. If you have constraints on your reading time I wouldn't pick this one up in the first place.
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the premise is intriguing. the story's twists and turns are great. Unfortunately, there's enough material for at least a trilogy, but Preston just churns out plot - without any writing. You want him to go a least a little into the background of his story but there's never time. I had to constantly refer to the huge character list at the front or else I'd've been lost. So near, yet so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable book for almost all ages 18 Jan 2000
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let the book absorb you and you will appreciate everything stated in the book. it is well crafted and highly enjoyable for kids and teenagers of all ages!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Entertainment 14 Mar 2000
By A Customer
London Cardinals, excellent! As an American, living in London at the time I read the 51st State, and someone who studied British and American Politics at University (College), I believe Peter Preston truly has his finger on the pulse of insight and entertainment. His examples and vision of the future are clear and modest, not convoluting the story line, but rather enhancing it. Since reading the book, I bring references to it continually in conversations with both American and British friends and colleagues. Hats off to interesting, insightful reading.
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