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The X-President

by Philip Baruth

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A really fun read, although the vision of our future is pretty horrifying (unprecedented casualties, no civil liberties, the western US practically conquered by militias). The novel’s toying with history is a lot of fun, and it has the usual thought-provoking time travel questions. In fact, it seems to work out that you can change SOME things about the past, but OTHER things have already been accounted for. Now, you can tell that a man wrote the book even though the main character is a woman, because a woman author would have let Sal keep the younger man (her lover is twelve years younger than her initially, and later almost twenty years older). ( )
  jholcomb | Jan 26, 2008 |
Interesting idea. Mostly an okay book, but something irritated me about the end.
  librerodave | Sep 27, 2005 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553802941, Paperback)

A masterful blend of political satire and edgy social commentary, here is a wildly entertaining trip through recent American history and into the impending future. An incisive look at how we love and hate our political leaders, and how they love and hate us back, The X President touches the very heart of what it means to be president—and what a president means to America.

It is the year 2055 and America is entangled in a devastating world war—and losing badly. As the threat of homeland invasion grows stronger, the United States is desperate to change the tide, anyway it can.

Enter Sal Hayden, official biographer of a former president known as BC, now 109 years old and all but forgotten. Charismatic, controversial, and always willing to feel another person’s pain, BC’s political career, like his personal life, is marked by both uncanny triumphs and key blunders—some of which may have doomed the U.S. to defeat. Recording his story has not always been easy, but it has been straightforward. That is, until the day Sal is asked to rewrite it—and not just on the page. For Sal will be granted a biographer’s most fantastic dream, one that will thrust her into the greatest moral dilemma of her life—and the world’s most daring, dangerous, and spectacular spin job. . . .

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