But in this book, perhaps because of the geography the United States of America is, after all, much-much bigger than the comparatively tiny UK or Britain envisaged by Saki, in his "When William Came" or in the Anno Dracula books , the gallop never becomes canter. The way pop culture and history mixes into imagination to give it a pseudo credibility is also very good. But it could have been great. Perhaps the authors would give it a new flourish, adding a few more taut novellas to the main body, when they hopefully re-release this book at some point of time.
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Background[ edit ] The stories imagine Alexander II of Russia was not assassinated in as in the current timeline. Instead, Theodore Roosevelt was reelected President of the United States as the Progressive Party candidate in , only to be assassinated on December 19, at the Chicago Union Stockyards by the sharpshooter and exhibition shooter Annie Oakley , before he took office, when personally breaking a labor strike with the help of the Rough Riders.
Following this, his vice president, Charles Foster Kane takes power, and gradually leads the United States into greater levels of oppression, class division and bureaucratic incompetence and corruption — including an earlier entry into World War I in and the assassination of his rival candidate, Woodrow Wilson , during the election campaign. Debs gains increasing support, and soon the unrest has led to a Second American Revolution and Second American Civil War , following which Kane is ousted from the White House , overthrown, and executed for treason.
Afterwards, a new socialist order, led by Debs, takes over. Stories[ edit ] In the Air: Lowe, a British journalist, arrives in Chicago to meet and interview one of the cultural figureheads of the thawing of repression — Charles Hardin Holley , an underground musician achieving greater popularity in the seemingly more open and relaxed atmosphere of the previously repressive country.
A collection of ten vignettes outlining the foundation of the United Socialist States of America, from the assassination of Theodore Roosevelt and the inauguration of Charles Foster Kane in , through the sinking of the Titanic and the United States entry into World War I in , and the increasing corruption, class-divisions and injustice that saw the Second American Revolution occur in Tom Joad: Federal Bureau of Ideology agents Eliot Ness and Melvin Purvis travel to a shanty-town in Nevada , chasing rumours that legendary underground labour activist Tom Joad has been seen.
Bob and Terry , two working-class boys from Newcastle and lifelong best friends, enlist in the British Army to go and fight the war against communism in Indo-China. Following a brutal training regiment, the two are thrust into the brutal war in South-East Asia, where they are captured and imprisoned by the Communist guerrillas.
Upon their escape, Bob returns to Britain and writes a book chronicling his experiences, which later is turned into a movie — and during the making of the movie, he is forced to confront his new lifestyle and the hidden secrets from his terrible experiences that saw Terry shamed and dishonoured.
Citizen Ed: — The story of Ed Gein — Socialist Hero, local luminary, and horrific serial murderer. Abdication Street: Much is riding on this royal wedding, including the future of democracy in Russia — so when Cinzia and Charles fall in love, this causes no end of problems… On the Road: Overview[ edit ] This section possibly contains original research.
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Meziramar Certainly it is interesting to have very clear and identifiable events that occurred in both the real history and this fake one, but its hard to believe you could simply displace roles and transfer them to other nations like is done for much of the history in the book. Robert Taylor rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Hardcoverpages. Please help improve this article bafk adding citations to reliable sources. How would the United States look? Barry Hammock rated it it was amazing Dec 20, This one is a series of short stories set in a world where the USA, not Russia, underwent a communist revolution. Newman applying his considerable skill to alternate history is incredibly fun. Alternative history or slipstream or whatever, idea is absolutely brilliant.