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The Last President: A Novel of an Alternative America [Kindle Edition]

Michael Kurland , S. W. Barton
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Set in an alternative reality where "All the President's men" do not get caught at Watergate, this "shockingly believable" novel presents the frightening scenario of what could happen if a powerful but paranoid American chief executive goes out of control.

"—The dirty tricks have just begun; rape, murder, plot and counterplot...are nothing to this imperial President..."—Publishers Weekly

"The authors have brought a chilling sense of reality to their fast-paced, smoothly-written thriller. It may be fiction, but it is close enough to fact to be genuinely terrifying."—The Miami Herald.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1859 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479400149
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (22 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BZWCGOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good plot. 15 Oct. 2014
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Pretty good plot although there was a point when you realised the rebels were going to win regardless.
I don't know much about the American government system except it seems to mitigate against having too strong a president or too strong a senate and congress. The writer appears to know the system well though which adds authenticity.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 22 Mar. 2015
By dave
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A good alternate reality story. A good development of plot and characters which does get quite involved especially at the end, but in an interesting way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Sept. 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Close Call 21 Jun. 2013
By Charles B. McClelland - Published on Amazon.com
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I had just graduated from high school when Nixon resigned as president. While I was a fan of his, I realized how close our country came to losing the idea of the rule by law, and free elections. This book explores the what if--he had not been caught in Watergate.

While the villain in this book is a Republican president, I couldn't help hearing President Obama's words about the fear of tyranny. The fact is that the most dangerous person is the one who thinks their ideas are so right they can do wrong in order to accomplish them.

The characters struggle with the morality of their actions, and some lose their lives over it.

I gave it a 3 star rating, because I enjoyed the book, however, some of the story slipped outside the realm of the plausible. This limited my rating.

I enjoy this type of "what if" story because I believe that both "right" and "left" voters need to face the fact that we may be electing a monster. What restrains politicians is the fact that there is a limit to what their supporters will tolerate.

There was a better story that could have been written. I am sorry we missed the opportunity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit over the top 3 Sept. 2014
By wfm - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit to despising Mr Nixon, the worst president in US history, but though I lived through his entire career from Ike to Watergate even I could not accept the depth of his lunacy in this otherwise quite well done alternate history. Nixon was a liar, a thief, a man willing to throw anybody at all under the bus to save himself, but that's likely true of 80% of all US politicians who reach or at least come close to the presidency.
What did seem realistic was the circus going on around him and his office. Power crazy men like Tricky Dick attract others with the same goals. And those people are not restrained by any oath of office as they don't take one. It's easy for them to go step by step into territory they never intended to reach when they set out.
It was a good story, well developed and worth reading, but even Tricky wouldn't have gone quite as far as the author took him.
On the other hand, some reviews are even more entertaining, "left wing politicians", "liberal biased media", did not destroy Nixon. He did it to himself, and everybody could see it coming, for years and years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 Sept. 2014
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Enjoyable read - the premise is believable and the twists and turns were enough to keep you involved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read... 16 Jan. 2014
By Frank M. Donald - Published on Amazon.com
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Good plot, interesting heroes and villains. Ending didn't seem hurried as some stories do. Liked that the plan seemed to be falling apart then came together with a twist. Didn't see the end coming at al.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down... 19 May 2013
By Norman J. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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A plausible "what if" and a serious historical analysis of a pivotal event in American history. I'll welcome this author's next work!
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