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Anarquia Paperback – September 15, 2004

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Anarquia: The events move fast, the characters are interesting and the story idea is intriguing. -- Bob Wallace in The Sudden Curve --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Fascists, Communists, Monarchists, Conservatives, Reactionaries, Libertarians, Anarcho-Syndicalists, Agorists, Anarchists, and more jostle each other in the revolutionary ferment of the time. And, out of this vibrant cacophony of political, philosophical, and military zeal comes a new story of a determined band whose amazing technological breakthroughs and daring feats turn the tides of revolution in dramatic and unexpected ways.

ANARQUÍA is a novel of scientific, political, and personal passion, Libertarian freedom, and a daring attempt to rid the world of the threats of the scourges of Fascism, Communism, and a looming World War. As an intrepid band of Libertarian Anarchists battle Hitler, Stalin and Franco across the deadly landscape of the Spanish Civil War they receive spectacular and unexpected help—the intervention of Wernher von Braun and Hedy Lamarr give the plot of ANARQUÍA more twists, turns, and action than one of von Braun's guided rockets or Hedy's explosive personality! --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Sense of Wonder (September 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918736641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918736642
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,041,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wally Conger on August 3, 2005
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What if rocket scientist Wernher von Braun hadn't worked for the Nazis before and during World War II but instead had made aerial weapons for the anarchists in Spain? What if, while fleeing Europe and her arms manufacturer husband Fritz Mandl on her way to Hollywood, actress Hedy Lamarr had met, inspired, and become the lover of von Braun? What if, instead of being crushed between the Republicans (Communists) and Nationalists (fascists) during the Spanish Civil War, disparate anarchist factions had successfully linked arms and won out (with the help of von Braun's rockets)?

Those are a few what if's addressed by ANARQUIA, a sci-fi alternate history of the Spanish Civil War by Brad Linaweaver and J. Kent Hastings. I've had a copy of this novel for a few months, and I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to it. I'm glad I finally did, because I had a blast reading it. Ever since I first read Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" in the seventh grade, I've been fascinated by the idea that if you tweak this or that in a timeline, new paths emerge and things down the pike necessarily change. L. Neil Smith has written some wonderful spins on history (his PROBABILITY BROACH, of course, is a libertarian classic). And Harry Turtledove's made an industry of the alternate history genre.

But ANARQUIA is special in that it covers ground I can't recall seeing covered before. There have been dozens of speculative novels about "what if Hitler had won WWII?" New takes on the U.S. Civil War are pretty common. But the Spanish Civil War is fresh territory, and Linaweaver and Hastings don't waste it.
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Anarquia is an "alternate history" with a timeline that initially differs from ours in just two key ways: (1) German rocketeer Wernher von Braun has an accident as a 10-year-old boy that lands him in reform school, and (2) the Agorist school of free-market anarchism is developed in America at least four decades earlier than in reality. These two pivotal differences make all the difference in the world, as they lead the Spanish Anarchists to victory over both the Communists and Fascists in the historic(though often forgotten) three-way Spanish Civil War that preceded World War II.

Although Anarquia's action is centered in Spain, it is not limited to this locale, as scenes also take place in Germany, Russia, and the United States. Indeed, the book does not actually have a "Spanish feel," but a vintage Hollywood instead. The male and female leads are the previously mentioned Wernher von Braun and the big-screen bombshell Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr's characterization is that of a Randian superwoman, and von Braun is her "ideal man" -- all the better since Lamarr meets Ayn Rand in the novel and even has an affair with Rand's husband -- yes, it's that good! Other notable characters include George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway, as well as the fictional Howard Davidson and Chuck Hammil -- the former a composite of American pulp writers of the 1930s; the latter an American businessman and early proponent of laissez-faire minarchy. Oh, and there is G.K. Chesterson, who joins Distributists in an alliance with Anarchists, who are led by Buenaventura Durruti. These Anarchists are not just the Spanish collectivist sort of historical reality, but also individualists from all over the world (mirroring the Communists' aptly named "Abraham Lincoln brigades"), including those anachronistic American Agorists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J R Sparks on September 29, 2013
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Anarquía is more than just an interesting and fascinating read about the Spanish Civil War. With a diverse cast of characters, many of whom actually participated in the war, Linaweaver and Hastings weave a rich story of alternate history for this often overlooked war. Whether you are like many who only knew that it was a proving ground for Hitler and Stalin's troops and weapons of war, or you didn't know anything about it at all, there is so much to this story that draws you in to learning more about the people and events that take place.

I often found myself looking up information on Hemingway, Orwell, von Braun, and Hedy Lamarr as I read this book as it peaked my interest in the lives of such diverse and fascinating individuals and their contributions in our actually history. Recommend this to anyone into alternate histories or a lover of the idea of "what ifs."
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Spends more time weaving historical personalities into the book than actually telling his story. After the brilliant Moon Of Ice this book is a huge let-down.
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