Sep
23
2012

Hmm. “43*: When Gore Beat Bush-A Political Fable.”

I almost didn’t grab this one – political books make my teeth ache, mostly, and poly sci majors should NEVER write alternate history novels – but when I watched the video interview (via Hot Air; also, autoloading) I was pleasantly surprised to see that author Jeff Greenfield knowingly or unknowingly followed one of the cardinal rules to this sort of thing.  Which is to say, change one thing, and see how it plays out from there*. Besides, the one negative review so far is from a screaming Leftist who is incensed to to have read that 9/11 would have happened right on schedule, which is actually a good reason for me to take a gander at it.

Lastly: hell, it’s a buck ninety-nine. I can give it a whirl, for that much.

43*: When Gore Beat Bush-A Political Fable (Kindle Single)

Moe Lane

*This is often egregiously violated by the aforementioned poly sci majors.  See Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, which would require multiple events to make its central premise (Lindbergh becomes President on an antiwar ticket, and manages to convince the country that the Nazis are swell) take place; or Jo Walton’s Still Life With Fascists trilogy, which assumes something similar for Britain without ever bothering to explain why isolationism suddenly became the predominant intellectual philosophy of the Western democracies.  Then again, the true message in both cases was I despise George W Bush and his irritating habit of overthrowing tyrannies, so perhaps this is not surprising.

2 Comments

  • tnfriendofcoal101368 says:

    Mo that is exactly right, back in the day I doubled majored in history and math so I asked the political science guy…so do you think the people of England fought tooth and nail because of Churchill’s oratory or do you think they chose to listen to Churchill because they didn’t want to lay down for the Germans and he was the one guy who wasn’t asking them to? I suspect after 9/11, Americans as a group didn’t care to lay down for Osama Bin Laden and listened to G.W. Bush because he didn’t either.

  • qixlqatl says:

    I think that’s a damn good analysis, tnfriendofcoal…. (for whatever my redneck opinion is worth 😉 )

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