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Homeland Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press; 1ST edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159051131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590511312
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,326,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.H. Weber is a native New Yorker who divides much of his time between Martha's Vineyard and Europe. He has worked as a writer in advertising and film.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "johnpaulrobertward" on June 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
These two words, engrossing and disturbing, sum up my reaction to Homeland, the new novel by Richard Weber. Engrossing because the author is able to economically sketch characters who are rounded and appealing and to create, from the beginning, a sense of suspenseful menace, that carries the reader quickly to the end of the book. Disturbing because Homeland, very convincingly to my mind, lays out the psychology of how basically decent people become the tools of a totalitarian state. Unfortunately, that state is called USA, and the picture of USA 2008 that Weber paints is not far-fetched. Even six years ago I would have regarded Weber's vision of the future of the USA as a bit paranoid, to say the least. Now, I am greatly afraid that it is a likely outcome. I think this is a book that anyone who cares at all about the future of our beloved country should read and take to heart and, most important, be inspired by, inspired to work for change, so that the real threat of terrorism pushes us to create a future of real peace with genuine justice, rather than of fear and control.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Levin on June 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Head-filling and heart-rending. Rich in atmosphere and thick with moral struggle. A book to be read by anyone with an interest in today's news -- or tomorrows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WEverdell on June 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This novel was written BEFORE the revelations of Abu Ghraib and before we began to find out that a not so numerous group of unelected officials in the United States government, most of them inherited from previous administrations, had determined that the law and the Constitution did not apply to them.
It is a page-turning story about an apolitical American academic who slowly discovers what is being done in his name and then finds that he has neither the resources nor the conviction to do anything about it. As a picture of our disintegrating republic, it's superb. Reminds me strongly of the kind of things the French wrote in the 1950s as they learned about the torture in Algeria.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In strongly personal terms, HOMELAND paints a compelling portrait of life in the U.S. after a few years of highly controversial presidential decrees that reduce the country to a virtual police state, its citizens cringing in fear of dictatorial government.
HOMELAND is a convincing and swift read, hard to put down, memorable, and as such probably a modern classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Dick Weber's Homeland is a good read, and it's an important read.
It's a good read because of its compelling texture. The texture works its way into character and incident, thanks to the interplay of apt descriptive detail and incisive psychology. Texture also works its way into story, thanks to the interweaving of the perspectives of three different but finally not so different characters.
It's an important read because Weber's both highly imaginative and highly informed. So Homeland sketches a scarily convincing portrait of how un-American the so-called Patriot Act and the War against Terrorism are making America.
So if you enjoy a good yarn, and if you revere the Constitution and the better angels of the American character, this novel's for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. B Smith on July 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Edgy, quirky, dark, mouthy. Worldly-wise and intelligent writing. I sense the strong presence of an author who likes film noir. Underneath, at the base of this, clearly simmers anger AND a very real passion to change what appears the current destination of our lumbering ship of state. A quick read that doesn't quickly dissipate from the mind - kind of like a hefty belt of straight gin. 2008 might be a sub-title for this short novel. Weber could well be the bastard son Orwell never knew he had - if he ever had one."
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