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This review is from: The Public Burning (Coover, Robert) (Paperback)
This is book like few others. Dense, wordy, packed with minutely researched detail of real characters and events, punctuated with bizarre and fantastic interludes, then shaken in the pot with fervent abandon, the Public Burning is the product of a cynical and zany imagination.
The vivid imagery masks a serious intent at dissecting the brooding mood of post-war America through the eyes of "Tricky Dick" Nixon. Equally, you could apply the analysis of Uncle Sam's role on the world stage right up to the present.
It isn't an easy read, but you certainly can't ignore it (and anyone who claims to be offended by the book ought to look long and hard at their own part in the American dream...)