The X President by Philip Baruth

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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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Philip Baruth is a professor of English at the University of Vermont and an award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio. His previous works include The Dream of the White Village and The Millennium Shows.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published November 4, 2003 by Bantam. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The four fly into 1963 Vegas to watch the Patterson-Liston fight (huh?) before their real assignment, recruiting/kidnapping the 16-year-old BC (yBC), who will then persuade his older 1995 self to scrap those decisions.

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The mission is not without its snags, Sal's occasionally abrasive personality being one, and the weirdness of it all—a teenaged BC ("yBC") being seduced by an NSC operative and slowly being manipulated into changing the future BC's decisions—makes for page-turning reading.

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