Crooked

Crooked

Book - 2015
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"Richard Milhous Nixon lived one of the most improbable lives of the twentieth century. Our thirty-seventh president's political career spanned the button-down fifties, the Mad Men sixties, and the turbulent seventies. He faced down the Russians, the Chinese, and ultimately his own government. The man went from political mastermind to a national joke, sobbing in the Oval Office, leaving us with one burning question: how could he have lost it all? Here for the first time is the tale told in his own words: the terrifying supernatural secret he stumbled upon as a young man, the truth behind the Cold War, and the truth behind the Watergate cover-up. What if our nation's worst president was actually a pivotal figure caught in a desperate struggle between ordinary life and horrors from another reality? What if the man we call our worst president was, in truth, our greatest?" -- provided by publisher.
"Reimagines the cold war as an epic battle against the occult waged by the ultimate American antihero--Richard Nixon" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316198516
031619851X
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm

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shermay
Aug 15, 2016

This book had a lot of potential; the idea of supernatural events in the White House is great but I think the execution was weak. Things just happen to Nixon who is portrayed as a clueless person just coasting through his career/life. The other characters where very loosely drawn but were actually more interesting than Nixon. A shame that he didn't delve deeper into their stories.

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mbradfield
Jun 09, 2016

STRONG POINTS
-The characterization of Nixon has an unexpected level of depth. While Nixon lies and conspires throughout the novel,
his self-deprecating remarks and worries about his wife make him a surprisingly sympathetic character.

WEAK POINTS
Some of the other characters fall into flat trope categories - particularly the Russian spy characters (see the TV tropes page "Mother Russia Makes You Strong" http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong

SURPRISES WITHOUT SPOILERS
I was surprised at how serious this novel turned out to be.The mood was closer to that in the Doctor Who episode "Day of the Moon" than it was to a horror parody like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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