Joe Steele

Harry Turtledove does it again. The dean of alternative history imagines that Joseph Stalin’s parents immigrated to America before he was born, and he eventually becomes president of the United States instead of Franklin Roosevelt. It reminds me of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, although the politics of President Steele and Roth’s President Lindbergh differ a lot. Think it can’t happen here? Turtledove makes you wonder if maybe it could.

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