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American Empire: The Centre Cannot Hold [Hardcover]

Harry Turtledove

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3 Oct 2002

It is 1924: a time of rebuilding both in America and in the devastated cities of Europe and Canada. In the United States, the Socialist Party battles Calvin Coolidge to hold on to power. And it seems as if the Socialists can do no wrong as the stock market soars and America enjoys a prosperity unknown for half a century. But as old names like Custer and Roosevelt fade into history a new generation faces new uncertainties.

The Confederate States, tasting defeat in the Great War, suffer poverty and natural disaster. The Freedom Party promises new strength and pride - and may prove a dangerous enemy for the hated USA. Yet the United States take little note, basking in their shared world domination with Germany.

In a world of occupiers and the occupied, of simmering hatreds, shattered lives and pent-up violence, the centre can no longer hold. And for a powerful nation, the ultimate shock will come when a fleet of foreign aircraft rains death and destruction on one of the great cities of the United States.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; hardcover edition (3 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034082011X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340820117
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,540,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With shocking vividness, Turtledove demonstrates the extreme fragility of our modern world ... This is state-of-the-art alternate history, nothing less (Publishers Weekly (starred review for HOW FEW REMA)

Engrossing ... definitely the work of one of alternate history's authentic modern masters ... totally fascinating (BOOKLIST (about THE GREAT WAR))

Good fun. It has an authentic speculative quality, energy and dash (TIME OUT (about WORLD OF DIFFERENCE))

A highly addictive series...Turtledove delivers the goods (Publishing News on American Empire: The Centre Can)

About the Author

Harry Turtledove has lived in Southern California all his life He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Los Angeles and has taught at UCLA, California State Fullerton and California State University, Los Angeles. He has written many works of speculative fiction and fantasy. He is married to the novelist Laura Frankos and they have three daughters.

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