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Sixth Column [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert A. Heinlein
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12 Feb 2013
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 via 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 rag-tag 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 U.S. will rise again. The counterinsurgency for freedom is on, and defeat is not an option!

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (12 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638721
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert A Heinlein is considered one of the "Big Three" of classic science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). Heinlein is a seven-time Hugo Award recipient and was given the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Heinlein's juveniles alone have influenced generations of scientists, engineers and creators the world over (for instance, it was once estimated that everyone in the Apollo 11 mission control room had read and loved at least one Heinlein novel). His worldwide bestsellers include "Have Space Suit--Will Travel, Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love," and "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress."

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Day After Tomorrow 6 Jan 2004
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For those who don't recognize the title but find the synopsis familiar, this book has previously been published under the title "The Day After Tomorrow"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retitled Reprint - but still worth a read 16 Jan 2012
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Sixth Column
Forget any bias, this is a great story of how a team led by 6 men "saved the world"! Well - they actually saved America, which amounted to the same thing - the world having been effectively overrun by an 'alien' civilisation; the Pan-Asiatics.
For those reviewers who have spouted off about political correctness - ignore them!
This book was conceived and written by an American in 1941 (the year of Pearl Harbour) and was eventually printed in 1949. Is it therefore any surprise to find that the 'Yellow Peril' is the enemy?
Equally, Heinlein has 'ignored' black Americans....because at the time of writing that's what it was like. Do those critics expect Heinlein's ghost to add in some characters and change the aggressors?
Their comments are akin to saying that Mein Kampf is racist and should be rewritten!
However, the story isn't really about America against China - it's a story of an all-conquering people being flattened by technology in the hands of a tiny minority, - it's 1940's sci-fi at it's best!
Perhaps it's the forerunner to The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress - but whatever, it's an inspiring story turned into an intriguing tale by the Master of Sci-fi, Robert Heinlein.....and still just as readable almost 70 years after it was written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAH is relevant today. 4 Aug 1999
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Heinlein is as relevant today as he was when this story was originally written. The only difference between then and now is the take over is more in the nature of finanicial than fanatical. His point, directed at the "yellow menace", was that patriotisim relies on action not on talk or posturing. No matter the source of the "menace" it was the actions that counted. Don't be put off by words that this is a racist work. It has more to do with freedom than anything. Heinlein's argument is that the price is worth paying. Don't be scarred away by people who feel sullied by an anachronistic name. Many great works or literature are now considered racist, because at the time of their writing they forced people to think in other terms. Maybe that was why they were written in the first place to change others points of view. This is a good story and a good lesson needing to be learned and valued today. Aside from all that it is a fine adventure story that moves you along at a terrific rate to a satisfying conclusion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not up to standard 17 Feb 2013
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I know this is one of the first of the writers books but really this was a very poor vstart for such a great of the genre.
I have a collection of books by this authour but will not be putting this one on display.
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