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Alternate history: The USA had a communist revolution in 1917. A collection of novella length stories charting the rise and fall of the USSA from WWI till a Glasnost-style collapse of communism in the 80's.
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This is some of the most well written alternate history in existence. Some of the stories will move you deeply, like "Teddy Bear's Picninc" - a British private trying to cope with his experiences in an inverted Vietnam war and his return to London at the height of the pop art epoch. Some just defy definition, as the "Abdication Street" inside view of the Russian televison industry - during the wedding of Charles, Duke of Cornwall and the Grand Duchess Ekaterina where TV hostess Cinzia Davidovna Bronstein (you'll understand when you read it!) get's to play an unexpected role, Philby and Andropov lurk in the background and Henryek Kissinger is the Russian Prime Minister.... It's an incredible book. Spotting all the Big Names and cultural icons in their warped roles is just part of the fun, but this is by no means a simple entertainment. It's a GREAT little book!
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 60% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed

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