Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

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As always, Turtledove seamlessly blends the factual and fictional, with familiar figures whisked down surprisingly – sometimes shockingly – different paths. It’s that blending that makes “Joe Steele” so wonderfully readable; the author’s meticulous research gives the tale that undeniable plausibility that marks the very best of alternate history.
-The Maine Edge

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New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove’s thought-provoking forays into the past have produced such intriguing “what-if” novels as Ruled Britannia, Days of Infamy, and Opening Atlantis. Now “the maven of alternate history” (The San Diego Union-Tribune) envisions the election of a United States President whose political power will redefine what the nation is—and what it means to be American….
 
President Herbert Hoover has failed America. The Great Depression that rose from the ashes of the 1929 stock market crash still casts its dark shadow over the country. Despairing and desperate, the American people hope one of the potential Democratic candidates—New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and California congressman Joe Steele—can get the nation on the road to recovery.
 
But fate snatches away one hope when a mansion fire claims the life of Roosevelt, leaving the Democratic party little choice but to nominate Steele, son of a Russian immigrant laborer who identifies more with the common man than with Washington D.C.’s wealthy power brokers.
 
Achieving a landslide victory, President Joe Steele wastes no time pushing through Congress reforms that put citizens back to work. Anyone who gets in his way is getting in the way of America, and that includes the highest in the land. Joe Steele’s critics may believe the government is gaining too much control, but they tend to find themselves in work camps if they make too much noise about it. And most people welcome strong leadership, full employment, and an absence of complaining from the newspapers—especially as Hitler and Trotsky begin the kind of posturing that seems sure to drag America into war. 
 
 

About Harry Turtledove

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Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the War That Came Early novels: West and East, Hitler's War, and The Big Switch; the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.
 
Published April 7, 2015 by Ace. 439 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction
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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Apr 15 2015

As always, Turtledove seamlessly blends the factual and fictional, with familiar figures whisked down surprisingly – sometimes shockingly – different paths. It’s that blending that makes “Joe Steele” so wonderfully readable; the author’s meticulous research gives the tale that undeniable plausibility that marks the very best of alternate history.

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